Decision : 31 COM 7B.37
Alexander von Humboldt National Park (Cuba)
The World Heritage Committee,
1. Having examined Document WHC-07/31.COM/7B,
2. Reiterates its previous position that mining and oil/gas exploration and exploitation should not occur within the boundaries of a World Heritage property, endorsed by the International Council on Mining and Metals in its Position Statement on Mining and Protected Areas (2003);
3. Reminds the State Party that any proposals for significant modifications to the boundaries of the property must be done in accordance with the provisions under Paragraph 165 of the Operational Guidelines;
4. Taking note of the verbal clarification provided by the State Party at the 31st session of the Committee, requests the State Party to provide to the World Heritage Centre by 1 February 2008, a detailed report on the state of conservation of the property, including on the issues raised in its letter dated 18 January 2007 for clarifying the status of the proposed reactivation of mining concessions, for examination by the Committee at its 32nd session in 2008.