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Decision 31 COM 7B.30
Belovezhskaya Pushcha / Białowieża Forest (Belarus / Poland)

The World Heritage Committee,

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

2.      Recalling Decisions 28 COM 15B.20, 29 COM 7B.15 and 30 COM 7B.20, adopted at its 28th (Suzhou, 2004), 29th (Durban, 2005) and 30th (Vilnius, 2006) sessions respectively,

3.       Notes with concern the slow progress made in implementing the recommendations of the joint 2004 World Heritage Centre/IUCN mission as confirmed by the findings of the 2006 mission of the Council of Europe for the renewal of the European Diploma;

4.       Reiterates its request to both States Parties of Belarus and Poland 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 and to include in the management plans of both national parks jointly agreed sections dedicated to the management of the transboundary property;

5.       Urges the State Party of Belarus to clarify in cooperation with the World Heritage Centre and IUCN the exact extent of the Belarusian part of the transboundary World Heritage property and its buffer zones;

6.       Encourages both States Parties of Belarus and Poland to continue their efforts to improve transboundary cooperation; and requests that a copy of the bilateral agreement concluded on 15 November 2006, as well as details on its implementation be submitted to the World Heritage Centre;

7.       Also requests both States Parties of Belarus and Poland to provide the World Heritage Centre with updated reports by 1 February 2008 on the state of conservation of the property, in particular in relation to the points mentioned above, and on further progress made in implementing the recommendations of the joint 2004 mission for examination by the Committee at its 32nd session in 2008.

Decision Code
31 COM 7B.30
States Parties 2
Properties 1
State of conservation reports
2007 Białowieża Forest
Decisions adopted at the 31st Session of the World Heritage Committee (Christchurch, 2007)
Context of Decision