b) Mining issues
The State Party reports that large-medium scale mineral deposits have been found within and adjacent to the property. The report notes that the State Party has not approved any mineral development since inscription of the property, and further notes that there are “some small-scale mineral exploration and illegal mining left in the heritage site”. The report states that national and local departments have closed all illegal mining sites.
The World Heritage Centre and IUCN note that additional information is provided by the State Party in relation to a proposed boundary modification (see below). This notes that there are a number of legally operating mines, as well as licensed exploration areas for mining within the boundaries of the Hongshan sub-unit, a cluster of component parts in the north- east of the property. These areas appear to predate the inscription of the property on the World Heritage List but were not detected by the State Party in its nomination process, nor during the evaluation. IUCN was able to visit some of these mines during a visit to Yunnan in October 2009, and could verify that they are locally extensive, established, and have a significant environmental impact within the property and adjacent to it. Mining issues will be considered in relation to the proposed minor boundary modification that is currently under evaluation, and are highly challenging. The World Heritage Centre and IUCN recall the clearly stated policy that mining is incompatible with World Heritage status, as recognised by the International Council on Mining and Metals and other industry lead bodies, and endorsed by the World Heritage Committee. Thus the State Party should ensure that no mining takes place in the property.
c) Modification of boundaries
The State Party has submitted a proposed minor boundary modification, separately to its State of Conservation report. This includes a range of different proposals including both extension to and reductions to some components of the property, creation of additional buffer
zones, and establishment of wildlife corridors. IUCN is currently evaluating this which will be considered by the World Heritage Committee under a separate item
However, it is important to consider the conservation
Document WHC-10/34.COM/8D on modification in the context of this state
the evaluation of the of conservation report.
proposal during its noted in boundary
d) Statement of Outstanding Universal Value
The State Party includes a draft Statement of Outstanding Universal Value (SoOUV) for the property. This will be reviewed by IUCN, with a view to submitting an agreed revised SoOUV for consideration at the 35th session of the World Heritage Committee.
34 COM 7B.12
The World Heritage Committee,
Having examined Document WHC-10/34.COM/7B.Add,
Recalling Decision 32 COM 7B.11, adopted at its 32nd session (Quebec City, 2008),
Requests the State Party to keep the World Heritage Committee fully informed on any
developments in plans for dams, as noted in Decision 32 COM 7B.11, and to ensure that any completed Environmental Impact Assessment for any dam on the Nujiang,
State of conservation of World Heritage properties inscribed on the World Heritage List
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