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Decision 36 COM 7B.32
Galápagos Islands (Ecuador) (N 1bis)

The World Heritage Committee,

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

2.  Recalling Decision 35 COM 7B.30, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011),

3.  Welcomes the further progress achieved by the State Party in implementing the recommendations of the 2010 World Heritage Centre/IUCN reactive monitoring mission;

4.  Requests the State Party to sustain its efforts to implement all of the recommendations of the reactive monitoring mission, in particular those where  activities are at the planning stage and require finalization and implementation as soon as possible, including:

a)  Putting in place the biosecurity infrastructure for the islands, with a particular focus on the requirements for international biosecurity standards both for cargo ships, and for loading and offloading facilities,

b)  Implementing a sustainable tourism strategy through appropriate regulatory, legal and policy instruments,

c)  Resolving the issue over the capacity of judges in Galapagos to hear environmental crime cases as a matter of urgency,

d)  Resolving the sport fishing / artisanal fishing issue;

5.  Also requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2014,a report on the state of conservation of the property, with particular emphasis on the implementation of the points noted above, as well as on further progress made in the implementation of the 2010 mission recommendations, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 38th session in 2014.

Decision Code
36 COM 7B.32
Conservation, Reinforced Monitoring
States Parties 1
Properties 1
State of conservation reports
2012 Galápagos Islands
Decisions adopted by the World Heritage Committee at its 36th session (Saint-Petersburg, 2012)
Context of Decision