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The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7A, Recalling Decision 38 COM 7A.20, adopted at its 38th session (Doha, 2014), Appreciates the endorsement by the new administration of previous approaches and recommendations to reach the Desired state of conservation for the removal of the property from the List of World Heritage in Danger (DSOCR) and welcomes its commitment to its implementation; Recalls that the timely implementation of the corrective measures defined at the time of inscription of the property on the List of World Heritage in Danger is an ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Fortifications on the Caribbean Side of Panama: Portobelo-San Lorenzo
Country: Panama
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7A, Recalling Decision 38 COM 7A.22 adopted at its 38th session (Doha, 2014), Commends the State Party for its long-term commitment and efforts to address the deterioration of the earthen architecture remains of the property and to put in place a sustainable and operational management system to continue to handle decay factors and threats; Notes with satisfaction the current measures being put in place by the State Party within the framework of the ENSO 2014-2015 Prevention Programme to protect the property of ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Chan Chan Archaeological Zone
Country: Peru
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7A, Recalling Decision 38 COM 7A.23, adopted at its 38th session (Doha, 2014), Takes note of the submission of the clarification of boundaries for the property and the proposal of extension of the buffer zone and requests the State Party to submit a minor boundary modification, according to paragraphs 163-165 of the Operational Guidelines; Appreciates the progress in the implementation of concrete actions that contribute to the achievement of the Desired state of conservation for the removal of the property from ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Coro and its Port
Country: Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B, Recalling Decisions 36 COM 7B.1 and 38 COM 7B.86, adopted at its 36th (Saint Petersburg, 2012) and 38th (Doha, 2014) sessions respectively, Notes with appreciation the State Party’s continued efforts to increase staff and the operational budget and investment into the property’s Conservation Service, and encourages the State Party to continue these efforts; Commends the State Party for its efforts to increase surveillance of the property but notes with concern that elephant poaching remains a significant threat ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Dja Faunal Reserve
Country: Cameroon
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B, Recalling Decision 38 COM 7B.87, adopted by the Committee at its 38th session (Doha, 2014), Commends the States Parties of Cameroon, Central African Republic (CAR) and the Congo for having undertaken measures to increase the security mechanisms in and around the property, and warmly welcomes the information provided by the States Parties that no mining activity was present in the Central African and Congolese components of the property; Notes with concern that poaching of protected species and illegal fishing ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Sangha Trinational
Country: Cameroon Central African Republic Congo
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B, Recalling Decisions 36 COM 8B.7 and 38 COM 7B.88, adopted respectively at its 36th (Saint Petersburg, 2012) and 38th (Doha, 2014) sessions, Congratulates the State Party for the progress achieved in the implementation of the Committee decisions, notably in ensuring the participation of local communities in the management of the property and the respect of local knowledge and their rights to maintain sustainable traditional use of resources; Welcomes the progress made in the combat against threats to the ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Lakes of Ounianga
Country: Chad
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B.Add, Recalling Decision 38 COM 7B.90, adopted at its 38th session (Doha, 2014), Regrets that the report submitted by the State Party of Kenya did not address the requests made by the Committee in Paragraph 10 of its Decision 38 COM 7B.90; Recalls the significant impacts of poaching, fishing and livestock grazing on the property reported by the 2012 mission, and requests the State Party of Kenya to urgently implement the outstanding 2012 mission recommendations; Welcomes the increased and constructive bilateral ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Lake Turkana National Parks
Country: Kenya
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B, Recalling Decision 38 COM 7B.91, adopted at its 38th session (Doha, 2014), Welcomes the adoption of the Kabarnet Declaration, which formally recognizes the Endorois as a community and the Endorois Welfare Council as their representative organization in the management of Lake Bogoria; Also welcomes the State Party’s confirmation that geothermal prospecting and development within the property are not allowed, and that any prospective geothermal energy developments outside the property will be subject to an ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Kenya Lake System in the Great Rift Valley
Country: Kenya
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B.Add, Recalling Decision 37 COM 7B.9, adopted at its 37th session (Phnom Penh, 2013), Regrets that the State Party did not submit its report on the state of conservation of the property, as requested by its Decision 37 COM 7B.9; Notes with concern that the Socotra Archipelago has become vulnerable owing to the deteriorating security situation in Yemen; Welcomes the information provided by the State Party that the energy crisis that forced local residents to collect fire wood has been resolved and the assurances ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Socotra Archipelago
Country: Yemen
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B.Add, Recalling Decisions 36 COM 7B.8, 37 COM 7B.10, and 38 COM 7B.63, adopted at its 36th (Saint-Petersburg, 2012), 37th (Phnom Penh, 2013) and 38th (Doha, 2014) sessions respectively, Notes with concern the conclusion of the 2014 Great Barrier Reef Outlook Report that the overall Outlook for the property is poor, and that climate change, poor water quality and impacts from coastal development are major threats to the property’s health and regrets that key habitats, species and ecosystem processes in the central ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Great Barrier Reef
Country: Australia
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B, Recalling Decision 38 COM 7B.64, adopted at its 38th session (Doha, 2014), Notes that the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the dredging of the Pashur River, adjacent to the property, did not include a specific assessment of the potential impacts on the property’s Outstanding Universal Value (OUV), and requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre an assessment of potential impacts on OUV, in accordance with IUCN’s World Heritage Advice Note on Environmental Assessment, and to ensure ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: The Sundarbans
Country: Bangladesh
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B, Recalling Decision 37 COM 7B.12, adopted at its 37th session (Phnom Penh, 2013), Welcomes the State Party’s commitment to refrain from granting prospecting and mining licenses in the property and its buffer zones, to respond swiftly and decidedly to illegal mining and to intensify management efforts, including responses to poaching; Also welcomes the State Party’s readiness to conduct a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) to better understand the direct, indirect and cumulative impacts of the multiple ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan Protected Areas
Country: China
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B.Add, Recalling Decision 22 COM VII.27, adopted at its 22nd session (Kyoto, 1998), Welcomes the ongoing efforts by the State Party to manage impacts from pollution and remove illegal tourist facilities and buildings within the property and its buffer zone, and requests the State Party to ensure the engagement of affected local communities in the third phase of the demolition project; Notes with concern that three cable cars, an elevator and an electric railway for tourists inside the property are having a ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area
Country: China
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B, Recalling Decision 38 COM 7B.65, adopted at its 38th session (Doha, 2014), Welcomes the progress achieved by the State Party, particularly to secure the property and to address civil strife in the area, such as the establishment of a high-level security committee, engagement with local communities, and increased patrolling, including the introduction of SMART (Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool) patrolling, and notes with appreciation that these actions appear to have resulted in a decrease of poaching in ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Manas Wildlife Sanctuary
Country: India
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B.Add, Recalling Decision 38 COM 7B.67, adopted at its 38th session (Doha, 2014), Welcomes the State Party’s decision to suspend further construction of the Habema-Nduga-Kenyam road until the completion of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and until effective monitoring and strict control of the impacts of the road can be implemented; Notes that a preliminary review of the EIA suggests that the Outstanding Universal Value (OUV) of the property is not clearly defined therein, and urges the State Party to ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Lorentz National Park
Country: Indonesia
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B, Recalling Decision 36 COM 7B.12, adopted at its 36th session (Saint-Petersburg, 2012), Notes the State Party’s efforts to maintain a healthy population of Steller’s Sea Lion in the Sea of Japan and in the property, and urges the State Party to ensure that catch quotas are regularly reviewed and adjusted to maintain a stable to growing population of sea lions in the property, and in the wider seascape; Notes with appreciation the reported positive impacts from the modification of river structures, however, notes ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Shiretoko
Country: Japan
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B, Recalling Decision 36 COM 7B.13, adopted at its 36th session (Saint-Petersburg, 2012), Highly commends the State Party for its decision to fully close the entire area of Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA) from commercial fishing; Notes the information provided by the State Party on the currently available funds in the Trust Fund, and urges the State Party to continue its efforts to fully capitalize the Fund as a matter of priority; Welcomes the involvement of international partners into securing additional ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Phoenix Islands Protected Area
Country: Kiribati
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B.Add, Recalling Decision 38 COM 7B.69, adopted at its 38th session (Doha, 2014), Notes with significant concern that the proposed East-West Electric Railway and Terai-Hulaki Highway, if constructed, would result in the fragmentation of the property in four locations, all of which contain important habitat for key species, including elephant, rhino, tiger and gaur, and increase the risk of poaching; Requests the State Party to undertake an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the proposed Suspension Bridge ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Chitwan National Park
Country: Nepal
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B, Recalling Decision 38 COM 7B.70, adopted at its 38th session (Doha, 2014), Commends the State Party for the significant progress achieved in improving the management of the property and in completing the Survey and Registration of Protected Area Occupants (SRPAO), which would allow for clarification of on-going land claims, and requests the State Party to submit the report of the completed SRPAO to the World Heritage Centre, along with a report outlining actions taken in the case of illegal occupants and/or land ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River National Park
Country: Philippines
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B, Recalling Decision 38 COM 7B.71, adopted at its 38th session (Doha, 2014), Commends the State Party for its efforts to prevent and suppress illegal logging in the property, including the development of an Action Plan, welcomes the international cooperation with Cambodia, China, Lao People’s Democratic Republic and Viet Nam in controlling illegal logging and trade of Siamese rosewood, and encourages the State Party to continue these efforts; Notes the State Party’s efforts to address encroachment and the ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex
Country: Thailand
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