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Decision 30 COM 7B.20
State of Conservation (Belovezhskaya Pushcha / Białowieża Forest)

The World Heritage Committee,

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

2. Recalling Decisions 28 COM 15B.20 and 29 COM 7B.15, adopted at its 28th (Suzhou, 2004) and 29th (Durban, 2005) sessions respectively,

3. Notes with great concern that little progress has been made on implementing the recommendations of the joint 2004 World Heritage Centre/IUCN mission;

4. Urges both States Parties to ensure that the management of the areas surrounding the World Heritage property does not adversely impact on the values and integrity of the property;

5. Further urges both States Parties to clarify in cooperation with the World Heritage Centre and IUCN the exact extent of the transboundary World Heritage property including its buffer zones;

6. Encourages both States Parties to further explore the possibility of extending the transboundary World Heritage property;

7. Requests both States Parties to include in the management plans of both national parks jointly agreed sections dedicated specifically to the conservation and management of the transboundary World Heritage property;

8. Also requests the States Parties to provide the World Heritage Centre with updated reports by 1 February 2007 on the state of conservation of the property and further progress made in implementing the recommendations of the joint 2004 World Heritage Centre/IUCN mission for examination by the Committee at its 31st session in 2007.

Decision Code
30 COM 7B.20
Focal Point
States Parties 2
Properties 1
State of conservation reports
2006 Białowieża Forest
Decisions Adopted at the 30th Session of the World Heritage Committee (Vilnius, 2006) / Without Annexes
Context of Decision