Committee Decisions

35 COM 8B.49

Mixed Properties - Examination of minor boundary modifications - Kakadu National Park (Australia)

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Documents WHC-11/35.COM/8B.Add, WHC-11/35.COM/INF.8B1.Add and WHC-11/35.COM/INF.8B2,

2. Recalling consideration of this property at the time of its original nomination and as outlined in document WHC-98/CONF.203/INF.18 and in Decisions 22 COM VII.28, and 29 COM 8B.9, including in relation to the Koongarra Project Area and other areas;

3. Approves the proposed minor modification to the boundary of Kakadu National Park, Australia, to include the Koongarra Project Area (1,228 ha), in order to strengthen the integrity of the inscribed property and support its effective protection and management;

4. Requests the State Party to provide to the World Heritage Centre by 1st February 2012:

a) An inventory of the rock art sites within the extension, including a map, and of their associated archaeological sites,

b) Details of their state of conservation,

c) Details of their conservation management arrangements;

5. Recommends that the State Party ensures that the rock art sites are included as attributes in the draft retrospective Statement of Outstanding Universal Value that is to be drafted as part of the Periodic Reporting process and submitted to the World Heritage Committee for approval;

6. Commends the State Party on its efforts to integrate the Koongarra Project Area into Kakadu National Park which will involve an absolute prohibition of mining through the application of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Protection Act 1999, and requests the State Party to expedite this process as soon as possible, in collaboration with the traditional landowners of the property;

7. Notes with appreciation the commitment of the State Party, and the traditional land owners, not to permit any mining within the property, as extended through the addition of the Koongarra project area.

Themes: Inscriptions on the World Heritage List
States Parties: Australia
Properties: Kakadu National Park
Session: 35COM