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Universal Value of the property is considered in development strategies and plans. The property also offers opportunities for learning about climate change adaptation that are of wider relevance to World Heritage properties in other regions. Further reporting on these matters should be a priority in relation to the consideration of this property in the forthcoming Periodic Reporting exercise for the Europe and North America Region.

Draft Decision:

34 COM 7B.20

The World Heritage Committee,

  • 1.

    Having examined Document WHC-10/34.COM/7B.Add,

  • 2.

    Recalling Decision 33 COM 7B.22, adopted at its 33rd session (Seville, 2009),

  • 3.

    Acknowledges the results and recommendations of the September 2009 joint World

Heritage Centre/IUCN reactive monitoring mission to the property;

  • 4.

    Congratulates the States Parties, and in particular the Province of British Columbia (Canada) and the State of Montana (United States of America) and first nations representatives, on signing the new Memorandum of Understanding regarding the Flathead River Basin, including the property, which promises significant progress in the transboundary management of the property, in the context of its wider setting, and encourages the States Parties to ensure its effective, ongoing implementation through the development of specific joint programmes and projects;

  • 5.

    Welcomes the commitments made by the Province of British Columbia to remove mining threats from the Flathead River Basin, and the initiatives in the United States of America regarding extinction of mining licenses, which address significant concerns regarding potential impacts on the Outstanding Universal Value of the property;

  • 6.

    Takes note of the ongoing threats to the property from possible impacts on wildlife connectivity arising from issues outside the property, including residential, industrial and infrastructure development, and forestry practices, in both Canada and the United States of America, and requests the States Parties to jointly ensure that connectivity is considered as a key factor in planning and environmental assessment of such developments, in order to ensure the protection of the Outstanding Universal Value of the property;

  • 7.

    Encourages the States Parties to share their experiences in the development of climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies with other World Heritage properties;

8.

Also requests the States Parties to give particular attention to the above issues, and the responses to the recommendations of the joint World Heritage Centre/IUCN reactive monitoring mission, in their reports on the property during the second cycle of the Periodic Report for Europe and North America.

State of conservation of World Heritage properties inscribed on the World Heritage List

WHC-10/34.COM/7B.Add, p. 33

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