Decision : 37 COM 7B.16
Ha Long Bay (Viet Nam) (N 672bis)

The World Heritage Committee,

1.  Having examined Document WHC-12/37.COM/7B.Add,

2.  Recalling Decision 35 COM 7B.20 adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011),

3.  Notes that the State Party is yet to submit the plan for the sustainable use of the Cua Van Cultural Centre, and requests the State Party to submit this and other recently developed management related plans to the World Heritage Centre and urges the State Party to expedite any measures included in the plan to ensure sustainable use of the Centre and to limit tourism impacts on the property;

4.  Welcomes the efforts made by the State Party to develop a number of management plans to address the multiple development, population and tourism pressures affecting the property, but also notes that these do not represent an integrated management approach of the property and its buffer zone, without which it will be extremely difficult to address these pressures over the long-term;

5.  Also welcomes the State Party’s intention to request international assistance to undertake a Management Effectiveness Evaluation for the property, in line with the ‘Enhancing our Heritage’ tool kit;

6.  Regrets that the State Party did not provide Environmental Impact Assessments on the impacts of the landfill and other major developments recently completed within the buffer zone of the property, but further notes that water quality within the property is reported to be well within national standards;

7.  Also urges the State Party to ensure that visitor regulations are effectively enforced to limit impacts from tourists in key areas in order to reduce visitor pressure on the property’s Outstanding Universal Value whilst enhancing visitor’s quality experience;

8.  Requests the State Party to invite an IUCN reactive monitoring mission to the property before the 38th session of the Committee in 2014, in order to assist the State Party with the design of an action plan for the implementation of an integrated management of the property and its buffer zone and assess progress in the implementation of the recommendations made by the Committee at its 33rd (Seville, 2009) and 35th (UNESCO, 2011) sessions;

9.  Also requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2014 , a report on the state of conservation of the property, including a report on the outcome of the Management Effectiveness Evaluation for the property, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 38th session in 2014.

 Decisions Report
Context of Decision
Themes: Conservation, Reports
States Parties: Viet Nam
Properties: Ha Long Bay
Year: 2013
Decision Code: 37 COM 7B.16