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Decision 36 COM 7B.13
Phoenix Islands Protected Area (Kiribati) (N 1325)

The World Heritage Committee,

1.  Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B,

2.  Recalling Decision 34 COM 8B.2, adopted at its 34th session (Brasilia, 2010),

3.  Welcomes the State Party’s effort in attracting a preliminary financial contribution for the implementation of the 2010-2014 Management Plan from the Global Environment Facility, and for the design of a fundraising framework for the envisaged Trust Fund for the property;

4.  Notes the essential importance of the establishment and full capitalisation of the Trust Fund to the long term conservation of the property, and requests the State Party, with the support of its partners, to:

a)  Ensure the Trust Fund is fully capitalised, operational, and disbursing funds,

b)  Provide a clear financial plan outlining funds to be allocated for core managment needs, including the proportion to compensate the State Party for the loss in tuna fishing licences fees ,

c)   Enable the extension of no-take zones for the property no later than 2014;

5.  Considers that the envisaged future extension of the zonation, as requested by the Committee at the time of inscription as an essential requirement, should consider the Outstanding Universal Value of the property by establishing no-take zones in the areas of greatest ecological significance, and consider the level of threat posed to each zone from both legal and illegal resource extraction;

6.  Also requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre by 1 February 2015 a report on the progress made with the management of the property, in particular measures addressing illegal and overfishing of inshore and offshore fisheries, prevention of the degradation of seamounts, extension, surveillance and enforcement of no-take zones and establishment of long-term sustainable financing of the property’s management system, including the full capitalisation of the initial endowment of the Trust Fund for the property, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 39th session in 2015. 

Decision Code
36 COM 7B.13
States Parties 1
State of conservation reports
2012 Phoenix Islands Protected Area
Decisions adopted by the World Heritage Committee at its 36th session (Saint-Petersburg, 2012)
Context of Decision