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Decision 30 COM 7B.9
State of Conservation (Banc d'Arquin National Park)

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-06/30.COM/7B,

2. Recalling Decision 29 COM 7B.5, adopted at its 29th session (Durban, 2005),

3. Commends the State Party and its partners for their efforts to protect the Banc d'Arguin National Park, including through the implementation of the Regional Marine and Coastal Conservation Programme for West Africa (PRCM);

4. Congratulates the State Party for the 30th anniversary of the Banc d'Arguin National Park and the associated programme of events to raise awareness and support for the property and encourages international donors to support the Banc d'Arguin National Park Trust Fund;

5. Encourages the State Party to implement the Marine Environment Code (MEC) in order to implement MARPOL (International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships) provisions, and to ratify the 1992 Conventions on compensation and civil liability (CLC 92, FUND 92) as soon as possible;

6. Takes note of the proposal of IUCN to oil and gas companies and the Government of Mauritania to convene an independent panel to review the social and environmental aspects of the agreement between the Government and Woodside, and recommends that the above review process also take into account the need for the State Party to take all necessary precautions in case of an oil spill;

7. Requests the State Party to complete the Development and Management Plan (2005-2009) with all relevant stakeholders and submit a copy to the World Heritage Centre by 1 February 2007;

8. Urges the State Party to adopt the two decrees necessary for the implementation of the Special Law for Banc d'Arguin National Park (2000/24);

9. Further requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2007, a report on progress with the implementation of each of the above mentioned points and further details with respect to implementing the Recommendations contained in Decision 29 COM 7B.5, for examination by the Committee at its 31st session in 2007.

Decision Code
30 COM 7B.9
Focal Point
States Parties 1
State of conservation reports
2006 Banc d'Arguin National Park
Decisions Adopted at the 30th Session of the World Heritage Committee (Vilnius, 2006) / Without Annexes
Context of Decision