Committee Decisions

36 COM 7B.28

Iguazu National Park (Argentina) (N 303)

The World Heritage Committee,

1.  Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B.Add,

2.  Recalling Decision 34 COM 7B.30, adopted at its 34th session (Brasilia, 2010),

3.  Regrets that little progress has been made in formalizing and operationalizing transboundary cooperation with the neighbouring Iguaçu National Park World Heritage property in Brazil, despite having been informed by the State Party of Brazil at its 34th session that the signing of such an agreement was imminent;

4.  Reiterates its request that the State Party of Argentina, in cooperation with the State Party of Brazil, formalize transboundary cooperation through appropriate international instruments, under which site based cooperation can be structured, implemented and monitored;

5.  Takes note of the hydrographical report on water flows in the Iguazu River, and recommends the State Party of Argentina, in cooperation with the State Party of Brazil, to continue river flow monitoring so that informed discussions with the managers of the Caxias dam can ensure the safeguarding of the property’s Outstanding Universal Value;

6.  Reminds the State Party that, as per Paragraph 172 of the Operational Guidelines, any intention to undertake or authorize infrastructure works likely to impact on the property’s Outstanding Universal Value should be communicated to the World Heritage Centre;

7.  Also notes the concerns raised by the State Party over the incipient threats caused by alien species in the property, and urges it in coordination with the State Party of Brazil to engage in a concerted effort to ensure that this issue receives the appropriate level of management attention;

8.  Requests the State Party of Argentina, in cooperation with the State Party of Brazil, to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2014, a single joint report on the state of conservation of the property, including special consideration on advances in cooperation, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 38th session in 2014. 

Documents
PDF Original Decision Document
Context of Decision
PDF WHC-12/36.COM/7B
Themes: Conservation
States Parties: Argentina
Properties: Iguazu National Park
Session: 36COM