Decision : 34 COM 7B.5
Serengeti National Park (United Republic of Tanzania) (N 156)

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-10/34.COM/7B,

2. Recalling Decision 33 COM 7B.10, adopted at its 33rd session (Seville, 2009),

3. Acknowledges the progress achieved by the State Party, in collaboration with the Kenyan Government and WWF's East Africa Programme, towards formulating sustainable water resource management policies for the Mara River Basin, and requests the State Party to ensure that these policies are rapidly put in place;

4. Welcomes the State Party's intention to expanding the property to include Speke Gulf, which is a crucial alternative water resource during times of drought;

5. Expresses its utmost concern about the proposed North Road which will dissect the northern wilderness area of the Serengeti over 53 km, considers that this proposed alignment could result in irreversible damage to the property's Outstanding Universal Value and therefore urges the State Party to submit an Environmental Impact Assessment to the World Heritage Centre before a decision to implement the project is taken;

6. Also notes the reports of the significant increase in rhinoceros and elephant poaching within the property, and requests the State Party to continue improving its anti-poaching strategies and law enforcement activities;

7. Further requests the State Party to invite a joint World Heritage Centre / IUCN reactive monitoring mission to the property to assess its state of conservation, including potential threats such as the North Road proposal, as well as reports on a significant increase in poaching;

8. Requests furthermore the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2011, a report on the state of conservation of the property, including on the status of the North Road proposal, sustainable water management policies for the Mara River, and the status of poaching, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 35th session in 2011.

 Decisions Report
Context of Decision
Themes: Conservation
States Parties: United Republic of Tanzania
Year: 2010
Decision Code: 34 COM 7B.5