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Decision 39 COM 7A.17
Everglades National Park (United States of America) (N 76)

The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7A.Add,
  2. Recalling Decisions 38 COM 7A.30 and 37 COM 7A.15, adopted at its 38th (Doha, 2014) and 37th (Phnom Penh, 2013) sessions respectively,
  3. Welcomes the continued and substantial effort of the State Party to provide detailed and clear measurements of the trends and conditions for the indicators developed for the Desired state of conservation for removal of the property from the List of World Heritage in Danger (DSOCR) and to connect them to the corrective measures, allowing a comprehensive report on progress;
  4. Notes with appreciation the progress made by the State Party on the implementation of the corrective measures, and requests the State Party to continue its effort towards the completion of those restoration projects that are most crucial to increasing waterflow into the property and meeting the water quality targets, and that can lead to an improvement of the ecological indicators for the integrity of the property over time;
  5. Notes with concern that the finalization of the General Management Plan, initially mentioned in Decision 35 COM 7A.14, is further delayed, and urges the State Party to ensure implementation of the plan commences in 2016;
  6. Also notes with concern the increased abundance of invasive species in the property, including top marine predators such as Lionfish and strongly encourages the State Party to ensure that the necessary resources are provided to contain their spreading and to research how and to what degree these species are affecting the property’s Outstanding Universal Value;
  7. Also requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 December 2016, an updated report, including a 1-page executive summary, on the state of conservation of the property and the implementation of the above, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 41st session in 2017;
  8. Decides to retain the Everglades National Park (United States of America) on the List of World Heritage in Danger.
Decision Code
39 COM 7A.17
Conservation, List of World Heritage in Danger
States Parties 1
State of conservation reports
2015 Everglades National Park
Decisions adopted by the World Heritage Committee at its 39th session (Bonn, 2015)
Context of Decision