Decision : 33 COM 7B.28
Lake Baikal (Russian Federation) (N 754)

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-09/33.COM/7B,

2. Recalling Decision 32 COM 7B.24, adopted at its 32nd session (Quebec City, 2008),

3. Welcomes the measures taken by the State Party to strengthen the management of the property, to confirm the operating budget and to reduce locally-generated pollution in Lake Baikal, and in particular, to finalise the closed water system within the Baikalsk pulp and paper mill;

4. Notes with concern that measures to halt illegal constructions on the shores still appear to be ineffective, that ongoing problems of local pollution in the Baikal inshore water area persist and that the contents of heavy metals in the water of the Selenga River and its delta exceed the maximum allowed concentrations;

5. Requests the State Party to further enhance its efforts in relation to the conservation of the property, including the following actions:

a) Clarify the effectiveness and strengthen, if necessary, the legal provisions relevant to the protection of the property, including on the draft resolution 'On amendment of the list of categories of activities prohibited in central ecological zone of the Baikal natural territory',

b) Rapidly establish enhanced town-planning and land-use regulations to prevent illegal development in the property, and increase its control over such development,

c) Develop and implement a comprehensive tourism strategy for the property,

d) Enhance the regulation and monitoring of pollution in Lake Baikal;

6. Also requests the State Party to provide detailed information on the proposal to lower the water level of the lake and its possible impact on the Outstanding Universal Value of the property;

7. Further requests the State Party to submit to the Word Heritage Centre by 1 February 2011, a detailed report on the state of conservation of the property addressing the points above, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 35th session in 2011.

 Decisions Report
Context of Decision
Themes: Conservation
States Parties: Russian Federation
Properties: Lake Baikal
Year: 2009
Decision Code: 33 COM 7B.28