In relation to the Wolong Tourism Development Plan, undertake an independent expert review of the existing plan, under the direction of the World Heritage Management Office, to assess the impacts of the proposals on values within the nominated property and to recommend modifications that may be required. The World Heritage Office should also play a role in establishing tourism development guidelines, review of proposals and development of recommendations for mitigation of impacts for any major tourism development which may affect the values of the property;
As a result of the earthquake, some parts of remains closed to tourists almost two years
the property were closed after the event. Tourism
to tourism. Wolong numbers since the
Wolong. The mission team noted that tourism guidelines have been drafted but have not yet undergone review. These include general guidance on international and national, local laws and regulations, zonal management rules; impact assessment for infrastructure; management principles for community development; and monitoring and impact assessment with suggested indicators. These guidelines do not yet include specific guidance for particular audiences in the tourism industry such as hotel owners nor do they include suggestions for management of tourism industry staff, for example, the potential option of certification to ensure that tourism-related staff understand the values of the property and actions needed to maintain those values. The World Heritage Centre and IUCN encourage the State Party to rapidly undertake a review of the tourism guidelines, under the direction of
the World Heritage Management Office.
g) Address other management issues noted in this evaluation report, including in relation to local populations, scientific research and education;
Considerable portions of the local community, 1269 people, were directly affected by the earthquake and helping them to cope with this disaster has been a priority activity for the
past two and the trainings tourism,
years. International cooperation projects, supported by inter alia the GEF, UNEP, US China Environmental Fund have been working to support livelihoods skills
for local people – supporting transition to alternative employment options bee-keeping and biogas development. According to reports received, a number
research projects are collaboration with the Environment on longer
underway within the property. In addition, discussions regarding Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Mountain Hazards and term research and capacity building within the property have begun.
h) Consider changing the name of the nominated property to "The Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries" from the currently proposed name of: "The Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries - Wolong, Mt Siguniang and Jiajin Mountains";
The Sichuan World Heritage Management Committee has agreed with this name change.
Other conservation issues - the impacts of the Wenchuan earthquake in May 2008
The Wenchuan earthquake in May 2008 was one of the most devastating in China’s history with nearly 70,000 deaths, 375,000 injuries and almost 4.8 million people left homeless. Despite the potentially significant impacts of the quake, subsequent surveys have shown that the damage was limited to the northeast corner of the property and that the loss of habitat for giant pandas, in particular, was relatively minor with less than 3 % of panda habitat being affected. The result is that the integrity and values for which the site was inscribed have not been affected by the quake. The property management plan is being revised to take into account any relevant changes resulting from the earthquake and its recovery. At this time, no changes to boundaries or significant changes to management planning are envisioned. However, some changes to zonation (protected area vs. core area) will be included. The mission recommended that immediate attention should be given to the ecological recovery of earthquake effected sites, with completion, by the end of 2010, of an ecological recovery plan that includes i) identification of key areas for restoration and management strategies for
State of conservation of World Heritage properties inscribed on the World Heritage List
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