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Decision 36 COM 7A.12
Niokolo-Koba National Park (Senegal) (N 153)

1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7A, 

2.   Recalling Decision 35 COM 7A.12, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011),

3.   Reiterates its concern about the alarmingly low densities of wildlife in the property, as indicated by the reported survey results, which reflect a significant deterioration of the property’s Outstanding Universal Value;

4.   Welcomes the actions undertaken by the State Party in the development of a management framework for the property and in strengthening cooperation with local communities and other local stakeholders to improve the conservation of the property;

5.   Expresses its concern about the limited progress in the implementation of the corrective measures, as compared to the timeframe set by the World Heritage Committee at its 34th session (Brasilia, 2010);

6.   Requests the State Party to intensify its efforts to implement the corrective measures to halt the decline in biodiversity, and to urgently implement the Emergency Action Plan in an effort to save the remaining elements of the Outstanding Universal Value of the property that may permit the eventual restoration of the property;

7.   Expresses its satisfaction with the State Party’s decision to close the basalt quarry at Mansadala;

8.   Also reiterates its request to the State Party to provide a report of a specific study of the impacts of the proposed Sambangalou dam on the Outstanding Universal Value of the property, including the possible reduction of gallery forests and palm forests, wildlife river crossings and water supply to flood basins and ponds in the property, in accordance with Paragraph 172 of the Operational Guidelines, prior to making a decision on its construction;

9.   Also requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2013, an updated report on the state of conservation of the property, including on progress achieved in the implementation of all seven corrective measures and the other issues raised above, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 37th session in 2013;

10.  Decides to retain Niokolo-Koba National Park (Senegal) on the List of World Heritage in Danger.

Decision Code
36 COM 7A.12
Conservation, List of World Heritage in Danger
States Parties 1
State of conservation reports
2012 Niokolo-Koba National Park
Decisions adopted by the World Heritage Committee at its 36th session (Saint-Petersburg, 2012)
Context of Decision