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Decision 31 COM 7B.15
State of conservation of World Heritage Properties - Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan Protected Areas

The World Heritage Committee,

1.Having examined Document WHC-07/31.COM/7B,

2.Recalling Decision 30 COM 7B.11, adopted at its 30th session (Vilnius, 2006),

3.Urges the State Party to ensure that on-going planning of hydroelectrical dams, in particular in the middle reaches of Nu and Lancang Rivers takes into account the need to avoid any direct or indirect impact on the values and integrity of the property, and ensures that all Environmental Impact Assessments relevant to the property should be made public and subject to an open and transparent review, including full public consultation with all stakeholders;

4.Reiterates its request to the State Party to amend the boundaries of the property to exclude major cleared encroachments and to add critical habitats for conservation, ensuring the establishment of linkage between different parts of the property via biological corridors or other options for ecological connectivity, and to submit all proposals for boundary changes for consideration by the Committee in line with paragraph 165 of the Operational Guidelines;

5.Also urges the State Party to take measures to halt all illegal mining activities within the property;

6.Requests the State Party to provide to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2008, a detailed report on the state of conservation of the property, as well as any Environmental Impact Assessment documents of hydroelectric dam projects relevant to the integrity of the property, for examination by the Committee at its 32nd session in 2008.

Decisions adopted at the 31st Session of the World Heritage Committee (Christchurch, 2007)
Context of Decision