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Decision 33 COM 7B.5
Vredefort Dome (South Africa) (N 1162

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-09/33.COM/7B,

2. Recalling Decision 32 COM 7B.5, adopted at its 32nd session (Quebec City, 2008),

3. Takes note of the report of the State Party, including the noted progress and the assessment of the significant challenges facing the property, notably in relation to protection and effective management of its values, governance and the relationship with private landowners, and wider threats from illegal development and water pollution;

4. Regrets that extensive illegal developments have taken place and have had a negative impact on the Outstanding Universal Value of the property;

5. Urges the State Party to establish effective legal protection of the World Heritage property, as a matter or urgency, including protection of key vulnerable geological localities within the property and of their landscape setting, proclamation of the status of the property and to provide adequate resources to implement this legislation effectively;

6. Also takes note of the wish of the State Party to invite a joint World Heritage Centre / IUCN monitoring mission to the property to assess the extent of the impact of developments on the values of the property and how this may be remedied, and invites the mission team to also advise, jointly with the stakeholders, on the development of an action plan to ensure that the property's effective protection and management can be rapidly put in place, as well as to advise on defining clearly the legal boundaries for the three satellite component sites of the serial property;

7. Requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2011, a report on the state of conservation of the property and on the steps taken to implement the recommendations of the 2008 World Heritage Centre/IUCN monitoring mission and the further concerns raised above, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 35th session in 2011, with a view to considering, in the absence of substantial progress, the inscription of the property on the List of World Heritage in Danger.

Decision Code
33 COM 7B.5
States Parties 1
Properties 1
State of conservation reports
2009 Vredefort Dome
Final Decisions of the 33rd Session of the World Heritage Committee (Seville, 2009)
Context of Decision