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Decision 31 COM 7B.16
State of conservation of World Heritage Properties - Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra

The World Heritage Committee,

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

2.Recalling Decision 30 COM 7B.12, adopted at its 30th session (Vilnius, 2006),

3.Commends the State Party for the decisive action taken in relation to addressing the threats of illegal logging and road construction, increasing the budget in 2007, and improving the staffing structure of all three component national parks in the property;

4.Notes however that the property continues to face severe threats to its outstanding universal values and integrity;

5.Urges the State Party to implement as a matter or urgency, the recommendations of the 2006 and 2007 UNESCO/IUCN monitoring missions, in particular to:

     a)Further elaborate the Emergency Action Plan, through a broad consultation process involving all key stakeholders to include details of activities proposed for each strategy, together with the estimated budget and time required for each activity;

     b)Seek assistance from the World Heritage Fund to support the implementation of the Emergency Action Plan, and to submit the finalised Emergency Action Plan by 1 February 2008;

     c)Continue to monitor, control and restore areas with illegal logging, illegal saw mills and road construction within the three national parks, and finalise and implement the law on illegal logging;

     d)Effectively enforce the laws to deal with encroachments;

     e)Strengthen the boundaries of all the three national parks as well as to review and develop the zoning systems and to complete this process within a period of two years - in time for the 33rd session of the Committee in 2009;

     f)Establish an effective coordination mechanism between the three management units of the property so that it functions as one integrated World Heritage property, and for effective cooperation amongst different organisations and agencies involved in the property;

     g)Establish clear signposting which recognizes the World Heritage status at all main entry points to the three national parks and at other strategic locations;

6.Requests the State Party to invite a joint World Heritage Centre/IUCN mission in 2009 to the property to assess progress in addressing the severe threats to the outstanding universal value of the property and in implementing the recommendations of the 2007 and 2006 UNESCO/IUCN missions;

7.Also requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre by 1 February 2008 a detailed report on the state of conservation of the property, covering all the points mentioned in point 5 and other recommendations of the 2006 and 2007 monitoring missions for examination by the Committee at its 32nd session in 2008.

Decision Code
31 COM 7B.16
States Parties 1
State of conservation reports
2007 Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra
Decisions adopted at the 31st Session of the World Heritage Committee (Christchurch, 2007)
Context of Decision