Decision : 32 COM 7B.1
Mount Kenya National Park / Natural Forest (Kenya) (N800)

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-08/32.COM/7B,

2. Recalling Decision 28 COM 15B.4, adopted at its 28th session (Suzhou, 2004),

3. Regrets that a management plan has not been finalized and urges the State Party to prioritise this activity;

4.Requests the State Party to conduct a review of the threats facing the property, including the following:

a) fencing:

i) take the necessary measures to halt the current fence construction within and adjacent to the property;

ii) conduct an Environmental Impact Assessment study on existing and planned fences, including those under construction;

iii) ensure that any implementation of fencing respects the findings of an Environmental Impact Assessment study, and does not compromise the values of the World Heritage Property, including the routes of migratory species;

iv) assess the protection status of the Hombe forest and its potential for re-inclusion as part of the property;

b) update, complete, adopt and implement the management plan;

c) assess the threat to the values of the property from encroachment, deforestation, poaching, and human-wildlife conflict;

5. Requests the State Party, in consultation with the World Heritage Centre and IUCN, to develop a draft Statement of Outstanding Universal Value including the conditions of integrity, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 33rd session in 2009;

6. Also requests the State Party to invite a joint World Heritage Centre / IUCN Reactive Monitoring mission to the property during the long dry season between December 2008 and February 2009;

7.Further requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by                          1 February 2009, three printed and electronic copies of the finalised management plan and a state of conservation report including the impact of the fence on wildlife and any other threats to the values of the property, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 33rd session in 2009.

 Decisions Report
Context of Decision
Themes: Conservation, Operational Guidelines
States Parties: Kenya
Year: 2008
Decision Code: 32 COM 7B.1