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Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park

Philippines
Factors affecting the property in 2005*
  • Fishing/collecting aquatic resources
Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports

Excess exploitation of marine resources; Destructive fishing.

International Assistance: requests for the property until 2005
Requests approved: 3 (from 1996-2003)
Total amount approved : 70,000 USD
Missions to the property until 2005**
Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2005

The State Party submitted the international assistance request as per recommendation of the Committee at its 28th session.

IUCN reviewed this request submitted by the Philippines authorities in January 2005 for the organization of a Sub-regional Forum on Illegal Fishing.  It did not support the request in the form presented at that time due to a lack of focus and clarity in the proposed activity, but noted that the overall objective was of high importance.  IUCN provided its comments and suggestions and offered its support for improving the request and proposed activity.

IUCN is of the view that the sub-regional workshop should seek to identify common ground with neighbouring countries encountering similar issues and focus on the possibility of establishing a regional network of Marine Protected Areas (MPA’s) within the Sulu Sea region, with regional monitoring and compliance mechanisms.  The workshop should therefore bring together MPA managers, fisheries specialists, Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS) specialists, local fishing companies, the navy or coast guard and possibly some experts from the region that could provide information on their experiences.  The goal of the workshop should be to bring together those with common interests in order to raise awareness of the issue and build momentum for tackling it.  The workshop could develop a Tubbataha Declaration or Statement on illegal fishing and seek to spread this message widely. 

Based on these recommendations of IUCN, the Secretariat suggested that the Philippine authorities redraft the international assistance request for further review. 

By the time of preparing this working document, the Secretariat had not received the reformulated international assistance request. 

Decisions adopted by the Committee in 2005
29 COM 7B.13
Tubbataha Reef Marine Park (Philippines)

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-05/29.COM/7B.Rev,

2. Recalling its Decision 28 COM 15B.18, adopted at its 28th session (Suzhou, 2004),

3. Notes with satisfaction that the State Party of Philippines has begun plans and sought international assistance to organise a Sub-regional Workshop on Illegal Fishing in the Sulu Sea;

4. Urges the State Party to work with the World Heritage Centre and IUCN to further develop and refine these plans for the Workshop and submit a reformulated international assistance request so that the Chairperson of the Committee may consider its approval at the earliest possible time;

5. Requests the State Party to provide to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2006, a report on the implementation of the recommendations contained in Decision 28 COM 15B.18, for examination by the Committee at its 30th session (Vilnius, 2006).

Draft Decision :  29 COM 7B.13

The World Heritage Committee,

1.  Having examined Document WHC-05/29.COM/7B.Rev,

2.  Recalling its Decision 28 COM 15B.18, adopted at its 28th session (Suzhou, 2004),

3.  Notes with satisfaction that the State Party has begun plans and sought international assistance to organise a Sub-regional Workshop on Illegal Fishing in the Sulu Sea;

4.  Urges the State Party to work with the World Heritage Centre and IUCN to further develop and refine these plans for the Workshop and submit a reformulated international assistance request so that the Chairperson of the Committee may consider its approval at the earliest possible time;

5.  Requests the State Party to provide to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2006, a report on the implementation of the recommendations contained in Decision 28 COM 15B.18, for examination by the Committee at its 30th session in 2006. 

Report year: 2005
Philippines
Date of Inscription: 1993
Category: Natural
Criteria: (vii)(ix)(x)
Documents examined by the Committee
arrow_circle_right 29COM (2005)
Exports

* : The threats indicated are listed in alphabetical order; their order does not constitute a classification according to the importance of their impact on the property.
Furthermore, they are presented irrespective of the type of threat faced by the property, i.e. with specific and proven imminent danger (“ascertained danger”) or with threats which could have deleterious effects on the property’s Outstanding Universal Value (“potential danger”).

** : All mission reports are not always available electronically.


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