Committee Decisions

37 COM 8B.12

Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary

The World Heritage Committee,

1.  Having examined Documents WHC-13/37.COM/8B and WHC-13/37.COM/INF.8B2;

2.  Refers the nomination of Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary, Philippines back to the State Party taking note of the potential for this site to meet criteria (x), in order to allow the State Party to:

a)  Continue the work with the National Commission for Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) to resolve any outstanding land claims to ensure there is broad based support for the nomination of the site and that any future use of the area does not compromise the Outstanding Universal Value of the site;

b)   Implement the envisaged expansion of the site to include important nesting habitats for endangered species such as the Philippine Eagle and implement the envisaged expansion of the buffer zone in order to enhance the integrity of the site;

c)  Prepare a detailed Visitor and Tourism Management Plan as a sub-plan to the Management Plan in recognition of the potential for increasing pressure for access and higher numbers of park visitors. Such a plan should be prepared in consultation with local communities to anticipate and plan for the impact of opening the site to increased visitation and to ensure that local people share in the benefits of future tourism use of the site;

d)  Develop and implement a research and monitoring programme to assess and adapt to the impacts of climate change on the site;

3.  Commends the State Party for having finalized the Memorandum of Understanding with the stakeholders to secure their cooperation in the management and protection of the site and requests the State Party to submit it to the World Heritage Centre as soon as possible.

Themes: Inscriptions on the World Heritage List
States Parties: Philippines
Session: 37COM