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Author winterkjm
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#16 | Posted: 18 Jun 2014 03:42 | Edited by: winterkjm 
Solivagant:
Great Barrier Reef (Australia)

Australia - defends their efforts to conserve the property, and states the current report is not entirely factual.

Highly Critical

- OBSERVER: WWF - Shares the enormous human impact on the Reef, and states, "We must draw a line in the sand." No development

- Portugal - Australia has not done enough, major harmful effects on the reef are human made. (dredging, ports, development, agriculture).

- Jamaica - Urges Australia to halt development deemed harmful to site.

Expressed Concern

- Columbia - expresses concern about the integrity of the property.

- Poland - Give the floor to WWF

- Finland - Concerns about the dredging project.

- Germany - Approval of dumping material and dredging in the property is worthy of concern.

- Indonesia - Expresses the huge importance of the property, shares concern.

- Japan (Expresses concerns about Australia Government) particularly about water quality. PROPOSED Amendment

Supports actions taken by Australia

- Kazakhstan - Limited support. Requests state party to clarify if alternative developmental options have been assessed.

- Turkey - Limited support. "This is a real world", there are challenges, but the discussion is premature.

- Philippines - Commends the state party, and agrees with the sentiments by Malaysia.

- Senegal - Support for Australia's efforts to conserve the property.

- Malaysia (fully supports Australia) "Giving the state party more time to address concerns." Highlights and commends conservation of the property so far. PROPOSED Amendment

Author winterkjm
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#17 | Posted: 18 Jun 2014 05:11 | Edited by: winterkjm 
Nearly 1.5 hours of discussion, the state of conservation report will remain unchanged. Apparently, a victory to maintain strong language on the challenges and damage to the property.

The Great Barrier Reef inclusion on the danger list will be decided in 2015.

Portugal led the Committee toward this outcome.

Author winterkjm
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#18 | Posted: 18 Jun 2014 05:24 
The WHC has adopted a time control element used by the Oscars, in which music plays when a speaker goes beyond the time limit. Some very up-beat music interrupted a long explanation by one of the state parties.

Thank you

Author winterkjm
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#19 | Posted: 18 Jun 2014 05:36 | Edited by: winterkjm 
Thailand remains un-phased speaking over the increasingly loud music! A quite spirited defense of their property.

Author meltwaterfalls
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#20 | Posted: 18 Jun 2014 06:48 
I've only managed to catch about 10 mins, but it was enough to hear that "Montenegro is a small country that relies on tourism" about 6 times.

Author elsslots
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#21 | Posted: 18 Jun 2014 09:33 
another quote of the day: "there's a true problem with French translation"

Author winterkjm
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#22 | Posted: 18 Jun 2014 15:19 
Selous Game Reserve was added to the world heritage list in danger. This was done because of poaching, elephant and rhino populations have dropped by 90% since the properties inscription in 1982.

Author winterkjm
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#23 | Posted: 18 Jun 2014 17:27 
Does anyone know what they have left of the conservation reports? I actually thought they finished, from what I watched.

I don't know if they are still ahead of schedule or not.

Author elsslots
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#24 | Posted: 18 Jun 2014 23:43 | Edited by: elsslots 
winterkjm:
I don't know if they are still ahead of schedule or not.

Yes, very far ahead. Only 1 SOC to go (they're waiting for Kenya delegate). Tomorrow agenda items 9a and 9b will be discussed, and then they will get the afternoon off!! So discussion on the new WHS will start as scheduled on Friday afternoon.

Author winterkjm
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#25 | Posted: 19 Jun 2014 02:18 
Not too much of interest today, but one decision may effect nominations in the future.

Decision 9c to be discussed - Forbid a State Party to present a nomination during its mandate (purpose: address any potential conflicts of interest)

Conditions Proposed by Working Group
1) Voluntary basis for the States Parties presently members of the Committee
2) Exception of referred back and transboundary nominations
3) Consider the possibility of establishing a mechanism of allowing outgoing members of the Committee to catch up on the nominations-backlog

Author elsslots
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#26 | Posted: 19 Jun 2014 02:23 
winterkjm:
nominations-backlog

nominations-backlog LOL
is there any country with a nominations-backlog at all? maybe Myanmar or USA, but at least the latter has done so on purpose

Author winterkjm
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#27 | Posted: 19 Jun 2014 05:04 
Seems like the world heritage committee is almost always in preference of giving the state party more time to avoid inscription on the world heritage list in danger.

I am not sure this is the best course of action with Lake Turkana.

Author winterkjm
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#28 | Posted: 19 Jun 2014 05:45 | Edited by: winterkjm 
Forbid a State Party to present a nomination during its mandate

Voluntary basis for the States Parties presently members of the Committee

Germany states their support to maintain the voluntary basis for submitting nominations as a committee member. Can't say I am surprised with 3 nominations in 2015 as committee member and host of the WHC! Finland, seems more receptive to the idea, and highlights the "catch-up element" that could be allowed to not limit state party participation.

Author clyde
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#29 | Posted: 20 Jun 2014 04:07 
hopefully today we should have the newly inscribed WHS of 2014! any updates?

Author elsslots
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#30 | Posted: 20 Jun 2014 04:22 
It will start in the afternoon, from 1 p.m. CET

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