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Decision 37 COM 7B.2
Sangha Trinational (Cameroun / Central African Republic / Congo) (N 1380rev)

The World Heritage Committee,

1.  Having examined Document WHC-13/37.COM/7B.Add,

2.  Recalling Decision 36 COM 8B.8 adopted at its 36th session (Saint-Petersburg, 2012),

3.  Expresses its utmost concern about the recent attacks on the part of the property situated in the Central African Republic, which lead to in the destruction and theft of most of essential materials and equipment, including vehicles and communication materials and the evacuation of the manager of the site together with the international staff and international researchers working at the property and about the reported increase in elephant poaching in and around the property;

4.  Urges the State Party of the Central African Republic to take all necessary action to restore security in the area and ensure the protection of the property;

5.  Requests the State Parties of Cameroun and Congo to increase surveillance activities to avoid insecurity and poaching also affecting areas of the property located within their respective territories;

6.  Launches an appeal to the State Parties of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) to consider the sub-regional dimension regarding the consequences of crimes against wildlife to which the property is confronted, in order to ensure a sustainable and efficient control of poaching in Central Africa;

7.   Also requests the States Parties to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2014 , a detailed joint report on the state of conservation of the property, in particular on the impacts of the current security problems on the property, and the response undertaken, for consideration by the World Heritage Committee at its 38th session in 2014.

Decision Code
37 COM 7B.2
Conservation, Reports
States Parties 2
Properties 1
State of conservation reports
2013 Sangha Trinational
Decisions Adopted by the World Heritage Committee at its 37th Session (Phnom Penh, 2013)
Context of Decision