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21BUR(1997)
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The Bureau examined reports on the state of conservation of eleven of the thirteen natural properties included in the List of World Heritage in Danger. The Bureau noted that in the case of Srebarna Nature Reserve (Bulgaria) and Everglades National Park (United States of America) no new information had been received, since the conclusions of the twentieth session of the Committee.
Session: 21st session of the Bureau (CONF 204)
Year: 1997
Sites: Everglades National Park Srebarna Nature Reserve
Country: Bulgaria United States of America
The Bureau recalled that the Committee, at its twentieth session, had determined that the World Heritage values of Plitvice Lakes National Park had not been adversely impacted by the armed conflict of the early 1990s, and concluded that the natural systems of the site were recovering from pre-war over-development and over-use. The Committee decided to retain Plitvice Lakes National Park on ...
Session: 21st session of the Bureau (CONF 204)
Year: 1997
Sites: Plitvice Lakes National Park
Country: Croatia
Since the twentieth session of the Committee, the eastern part Democratic Republic of the Congo has become further destabilized and military action has spread to other parts of the country. Reports received indicate that in both these sites, infrastructure had been destroyed and wildlife populations decimated. The Bureau noted that IUCN and the Centre will continue to maintain contacts with ...
Session: 21st session of the Bureau (CONF 204)
Year: 1997
Sites: Garamba National Park Virunga National Park
Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo
 The Bureau recalled that the Committee at its twentieth session, commended the Park administration's (Instituto Ecuadoriano Forestal y de Areas Naturales y Vida Silvestre, (INEFAN)) actions and reports, but reiterated its serious concerns about road construction activities, poaching and colonization, and recalled its request for an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). The Bureau noted ...
Session: 21st session of the Bureau (CONF 204)
Year: 1997
Sites: Sangay National Park
Country: Ecuador
The Bureau recalled that the Committee at its last session noted the report of the technical mission to the site, (2-9 November 1996), which identified the deterioration of the Walia ibex population, loss of biodiversity, encroachment at the borders of the site and impacts of the construction of a road through the Park, and, as stipulated in Paragraph 79 of the Operational Guidelines, ...
Session: 21st session of the Bureau (CONF 204)
Year: 1997
Sites: Simien National Park
Country: Ethiopia
The Bureau recalled that at its twentieth session, the Committee noted the fact that UNESCO's Legal Affairs Office was considering the proposals made by a working group for setting up an "International Foundation for Mt. Nimba". The Bureau was informed that the Legal Affairs Office of UNESCO has advised the Centre that UNESCO cannot create an International Foundation but that such a ...
Session: 21st session of the Bureau (CONF 204)
Year: 1997
Sites: Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve
Country: Côte d'Ivoire Guinea
The Bureau recalled that the Committee at its twentieth session included Rio Platano in the List of World Heritage in Danger and urged the Honduran authorities to implement the eleven-point corrective action plan, endorsed by the Honduran Minister for the Environment, and keep it informed, on a regular basis, of measures taken to safeguard this property. The Bureau noted that a revised ...
Session: 21st session of the Bureau (CONF 204)
Year: 1997
Sites: Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve
Country: Honduras
The Bureau noted that the Ministry for Environment and Forests (MOEF) of India, hosted a World Natural Heritage Site Managers' Meeting for South Asia, from 16 to 19 January 1997. The Director of Manas Wildlife Sanctuary presented a report on the state of conservation of Manas at that meeting. A staff member of the World Heritage Centre accompanied the Deputy Inspector General for Wildlife in ...
Session: 21st session of the Bureau (CONF 204)
Year: 1997
Sites: Manas Wildlife Sanctuary
Country: India
The Bureau recalled that a peace agreement, signed on 20 April 1995, had started a dialogue between the conflicting parties and set in motion the process for a return to a normal management regime and that the Committee at its twentieth session had noted that a detailed site evaluation and the development of an action programme for site recovery may become feasible in the near future. The ...
Session: 21st session of the Bureau (CONF 204)
Year: 1997
Sites: Air and Ténéré Natural Reserves
Country: Niger
The Bureau recalled that the Committee at its twentieth session noted that the construction of two dams had limited freshwater flow and devastated the wetland values of Ichkeul National Park, leading to dramatic increases in the salinity of the lake and marshes and sharp reductions in migratory bird populations. Hence, the Committee included Ichkeul in the List of World Heritage in Danger and ...
Session: 21st session of the Bureau (CONF 204)
Year: 1997
Sites: Ichkeul National Park
Country: Tunisia
The Bureau recalled that the Committee at its twentieth session noted several remedial actions taken by the State Party to minimize potential and ascertained threats to this site, and commended the President of the country for his efforts to fully remove the potential mining threat to the integrity of the site with a mutually, to-be-agreed upon trade of land, valued at US$ 65 million. Since ...
Session: 21st session of the Bureau (CONF 204)
Year: 1997
Sites: Yellowstone National Park
Country: United States of America
The Bureau, while commending the efforts of the Royal Government of Cambodia and UNESCO, expressed deep concern over the looting and illegal excavation of cultural properties from Angkor, notably over the organized trade in antiquities, including the dismantling of monuments. The Bureau invited the Royal Government of Cambodia to submit a report to the twenty-first session of the Committee on ...
Session: 21st session of the Bureau (CONF 204)
Year: 1997
Sites: Angkor
Country: Cambodia
After having taken note of the report of the Secretariat concerning the situation at Fort Bahla, the Bureau thanked the Omani authorities for their communications of 12 and 24 March 1997 by which they confirmed their intent to carry out the recommendations of the UNESCO experts. However, it expressed its serious concern following the collapse of the Fort's north-west Tower and requested them ...
Session: 21st session of the Bureau (CONF 204)
Year: 1997
Sites: Bahla Fort
Country: Oman
Introducing its written report on the state of conservation of natural World Heritage properties, IUCN supplemented this with a verbal report on more recent developments in Australia. IUCN recalled previous discussions of the Bureau and the Committee on the future of forested public lands adjoining the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area and the response at that time by the State Party ...
Session: 21st session of the Bureau (CONF 204)
Year: 1997
Sites: Great Barrier Reef Kakadu National Park Shark Bay, Western Australia Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
Country: Australia
The Bureau noted that an alarming situation has recently developed in this Park which required urgent attention. A local organization is campaigning for the reopening of an 18 km road which was closed in 1986 to strengthen protection of the site. In early May, 800 people invaded the Park and set up camp to begin unauthorized work to re-open the road. The responsible conservation authorities ...
Session: 21st session of the Bureau (CONF 204)
Year: 1997
Sites: Iguaçu National Park
Country: Brazil
a)   Okapi Faunal Reserve  The Bureau was deeply concerned to learn that the armed conflict which spread, during early 1997, to the whole of the region has led to the looting of all facilities and killing of several elephants in this site, inscribed on the World Heritage List in Mexico (December, 1996). Most of the expatriate and research staff have fled the Park and those ...
Session: 21st session of the Bureau (CONF 204)
Year: 1997
Sites: Kahuzi-Biega National Park Okapi Wildlife Reserve
Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo
The Bureau thanked IUCN, and the Observer of Ecuador for their reports. It noted that there was a major effort in Ecuador to take steps to conserve the World Heritage values of the islands. The Bureau recalled that, at its twentieth session in Merida, the World Heritage Committee decided "to include the Galapagos National Park in the List of World Heritage in Danger, effective 15 November ...
Session: 21st session of the Bureau (CONF 204)
Year: 1997
Sites: Galápagos Islands
Country: Ecuador
The Bureau noted that a member of the Centre joined the Deputy Inspector General for Wildlife for India, during 24-25 January 1997, on a mission to Kaziranga National Park, in the State of Assam, India. The Bureau learnt with satisfaction Kaziranga's success in conserving the great one-horned rhinoceros, whose population within the Park has grown from 366 in 1966 to about 1,200 at present. ...
Session: 21st session of the Bureau (CONF 204)
Year: 1997
Sites: Kaziranga National Park
Country: India
The Bureau recalled the fact that the Committee had previously expressed concerns regarding the decrease in the population of wintering Siberian cranes returning to this site and management problems, such as the over-growth of grasses, forming a thick mat in some areas were adversely affecting the breeding habitat of the Siberian cranes. Records maintained by Park management indicated that ...
Session: 21st session of the Bureau (CONF 204)
Year: 1997
Sites: Keoladeo National Park
Country: India
The Bureau was informed that the Sundarbans National Park and World Heritage Area, comprising 1,330 sq.km., forms the core area of the larger Sundarbans Project Tiger Reserve (2,585 sq.km) and the even larger "Sundarbans Biosphere Reserve" which extends over more than 9,000 sq.km of the inter-tidal area of the Sundarbans delta. Although India has not yet formally nominated the Sundarbans ...
Session: 21st session of the Bureau (CONF 204)
Year: 1997
Sites: Sundarbans National Park
Country: India
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