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Decision 35 COM 7A.12
Niokolo-Koba National Park (Senegal) (N 153)

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-11/35.COM/7A,

2. Recalling Decision 34 COM 7A.11, adopted at its 34th session (Brasilia, 2010),

3. Expresses its deep concern over the results of the aerial surveillance mission in March 2011, which showed a significant decline in biodiversity and a significant degradation of the Outstanding Universal Value of the property;

4. Reiterates its request to the State Party to undertake, as soon as possible, a census of key species of fauna of the property with the technical support of the IUCN Species Survival Commission to assess the state of the Outstanding Universal Value of the property; this census could provide the basis for a recovery plan of the animal populations and the establishment of an ecological monitoring mechanism, and invites the State Party to submit a request for International Assistance for financial support;

5. Urges the State Party to intensify its efforts to urgently implement the revised corrective measures adopted by the World Heritage Committee at its 34th session, as well as the other recommendations of the 2007 and 2010 World Heritage Centre / IUCN joint missions to halt the decline in biodiversity and prevent loss of Outstanding Universal Value of the property;

6. Notes with satisfaction the efforts undertaken with the support of IUCN, to strengthen the anti-poaching mechanism and increase the number of personnel at the property, as well as the State Party's decision to initiate a three-year Emergency Plan with funding of 3 billion CFA francs (4,573,470 Euros), to implement the corrective measures;

7. Also reiterates its call upon the international community to provide support for the urgent implementation of the corrective measures;

8. Notes with concern that the aerial survey report reveals the presence of a large basalt quarry inside the property and also urges the State Party to take the necessary steps to close the quarry and rehabilitate the site;

9. Reiterates its concern about the proposed dam at Sambangalou and its request to present a specific study of the impacts of this dam on the Outstanding Universal Value of the property, including the possible reduction in gallery-forest areas and palm forests, on the large wildlife river-crossings and on the water supply to flood basins and ponds in the property, in accordance with Paragraph 172 of the Operational Guidelines;

10. Requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2012, a detailed report on the state of conservation and the progress made in implementing the corrective measures and the Emergency Plan for consideration by the World Heritage Committee at its 36th session in 2012;

11. Decides to retain Niokolo-Koba National Park (Senegal) on the List of World Heritage in Danger.

Decision Code
35 COM 7A.12
Conservation, List of World Heritage in Danger
States Parties 1
State of conservation reports
2011 Niokolo-Koba National Park
Decisions Adopted by the Word Heritage Committee at its 35th Session (UNESCO, 2011)
Context of Decision