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Decision 41 COM 7B.14
Morne - Trois Pitons National Park (Dominica) (N 814)

The World Heritage Committee,
  1. Having examined Document WHC/17/41.COM/7B.Add,
  2. Recalling Decision 40 COM 7B.73, adopted at its 40th session (Istanbul/UNESCO, 2016),
  3. Welcomes the commitment of the State Party to strengthen the management of the property, including through elaboration of a new Management Plan and establishment of a buffer zone and encourages it to continue its efforts in this regard and, once the buffer zone of the Morne Trois Pitons National Park has been established, to submit a Minor Boundary Modification proposal, according to paragraphs 163-164 of the Operational Guidelines, to officially establish a buffer zone of the property;
  4. Notes the confirmation by the State Party that no activities related to the geothermal project in the vicinity of the property have taken place since the exploratory phase was completed in 2013, and also welcomes the State Party’s decision to include a specific assessment of potential impacts on the Outstanding Universal Value (OUV) of the property in the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) to be prepared for the operational phase of the project;
  5. Requests the State Party to submit the ESIA to the World Heritage Centre, for review by IUCN, as soon as it becomes available and prior to making any decisions regarding the operational phase of the project that would be difficult to reverse, in accordance with Paragraph 172 of the Operational Guidelines, and to ensure that this phase of the project will not be approved if it would have any negative impact on the OUV;
  6. Also notes the conclusions of the March 2017 joint World Heritage Centre/IUCN Reactive Monitoring mission, and also requests the State Party to implement all its recommendations;
  7. Further requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 December 2018, an updated report on the state of conservation of the property and the implementation of the above.
Decision Code
41 COM 7B.14
States Parties 1
State of conservation reports
2017 Morne Trois Pitons National Park
Decisions adopted during the 41st session of the World Heritage Committee (Krakow, 2017)
Context of Decision