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Decision 33 COM 7B.18
Tubbataha Reef Marine Park (Philippines) (N 653)

The World Heritage Committee,

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

2. Recalling Decision 31 COM 7B.20, adopted at its 31st session (Christchurch, 2007),

3. Notes the efforts of the State Party for the management of the property and the strong commitment of NGOs to providing financial assistance, research and monitoring and capacity-building activities to support the property;

4. Welcomes the inter-agency cooperation at the provincial and national levels to support the property and encourages these stakeholders to continue this work particularly towards improving enforcement and halting illegal fishing activities, assessing relevance of designation of Particularly Sensitive Sea Area (PSSA) for the region surrounding the property, and ensuring sustainable financing;

5. Regrets that illegal fishing continues to affect the property, and urges the State Party to continue to seek ways to increase compliance, particularly among fishermen from Roxas;

6. Requests the State Party to put in place a programme of ecological monitoring of the property, particularly the effect of climatic events on sea surface temperature and coral bleaching, storm frequency and other factors that could be related to climate change;

7. Also requests the State Party to develop a tourism strategy in collaboration with stakeholders and the fishing community to ensure that increased tourism does not impact the Outstanding Universal Value of the property;

8. Further 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, including progress in reducing illegal fishing activities, provision of adequate funding for the management of the property and the other issues noted above, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 35th session in 2011.

Decision Code
33 COM 7B.18
States Parties 1
State of conservation reports
2009 Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park
Final Decisions of the 33rd Session of the World Heritage Committee (Seville, 2009)
Context of Decision