The World Heritage Committee today discussed the remaining issues that it couldn't address yesterday, including the Recommendations of the International Expert Meeting on World Heritage and Buffer Zones and the evaluation of the Reinforced Monitoring Mechanism, says IUCN's Remco Van Merm.
The Recommendations of the International Expert Meeting on World Heritage and Buffer Zones were well received by the members of the Committee, who showed much support of their implementation. The discussion of the Reinforced Monitoring Mechanism was less straightforward. The Committee today also reflected on the trends of the state of conservation process, and made some recommendations for the improvement of this process.
The main topic today, however, was the discussion of State of Conservation reports of natural World Heritage properties on the List of World Heritage in Danger. Some of the sites discussed showed a marked deterioration of their Outstanding Universal Values (OUV), and the Committee, based on IUCN’s advice as its Advisory Body, agreed on recommendations to take urgent action to restore the OUV of these sites.
There was one notable decision today for the removal of one World Heritage site from the Danger List, namely Manas Wildlife Sanctuary. The State Party of India was very pleased with this decision. Having been part of the mission team that visited the property earlier this year, I am also very pleased that the Committee decided to remove Manas from the Danger List, with due consideration of the remaining issues that need to be addressed.