Good morning Colvin
Good morning Meltwaterfalls - Don't I get a "good morning"??
I like the working group compromise that was established for Kaeng Krachan
So, the Working Group (WG) has 2 in favour of Inscribe (Indon/Cub), 2 in favour of Defer (Oz/Nor) and 2 who were Refer (Kuw/Tun - I think Tunisia was of that opinion) - and China the "eminence grise" sitting outside and favouring "INSCR" but still "influencing" things presumably!! Which way will Tunisia/Kuwait move. And, if the WG proposes "Inscribe" on the basis of 4 to 2 would the whole WHC go along with it or would we have to have a vote?
REfer seems to me to be the worst result - clearly the earlier nomination and its "on site visit" is out of date and outside agreed procedures and why would IUCN come up with a different answer than last time based solely on a "desk review" - despite the new maps and new laws.
DEfer has the worry that Thai/Myanmar are not going to agree their border in the near future so the IUCN concern about a boundary based on straight lines (which seems the only way out until they do) will remain since it clearly doesn't follow any "eco boundaries". Also - are the Karen EVER going to be "happy" with whatever Thailand offers them. Defer has the danger therefore that the site drops off the radar, dams get built, logging takes place etc. Sometimes the "perfect" is the enemy of the "pretty good"
INSCR at least gets KKFC "inside" the WH orbit and ability to control to some extent/place on danger list etc etc. I personally feel that IUCN are digging in their heels on matters which are not going to get resolved in the near future - they clearly see OUV and are just wanting to dot all the i's/cross the t's. If they can inscribe a small part of the Bohai flats as the first stage on a much larger series of nominations covering the whole flyway area then why can't they inscribe a part of KKFC with more to come later when appropriate? But, having visited KKFC and therefore with another "tick" in sight, maybe I am biassed!!!