1.         Volcanoes of Kamchatka (Russian Federation) (N 765bis)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1996

Criteria  (vii)(viii)(ix)(x)

Year(s) of inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger  N/A

Previous Committee Decisions  see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/765/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0
Total amount approved: USD 0
For details, see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/765/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds

N/A

Previous monitoring missions

IUCN fact-finding mission 1997; UNESCO/IUCN mission 2004

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

a) Illegal salmon fishing

b) Gold mining

c) Gas pipeline

d) Development of a geothermal power station

e) Forest fires

f) Boundary changes

g) Construction of the Esso-Palana road

Illustrative material  see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/765/

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2007

The joint UNESCO/IUCN mission requested by the Committee at its 30th session could not take place and is expected to be scheduled in August or September 2007. Hence, the outcome of this mission will be reported at the 32nd session in 2008.

The State Party provided a detailed report to the World Heritage Centre on 10 March 2007, as requested by the Committee at its 30th Session in 2006. This report responded to a number of the recommendations of the 2004 monitoring mission and information requested by the Committee in previous decisions.

a) Staffing levels

The State Party reported an increase in overall staff numbers for the state institutions which govern different portions of the property: from 85 to 98 over the period 2005-2007. However, the property continues to have difficulties maintaining sufficient numbers of inspectors. Although the total number of inspectors has increased from 29 in 2006 to 36 in 2007, for the Kronotsky Reserve there are 10 vacancies out of the 31 positions for inspectors. The State Party reports that additional inspection stations are needed to control and monitor visitors.

b) Fires

The State Party is managing fires by raising ecological awareness and equipping eco-trails with fire places. Most fires are caused by visitors as reflected by their location, with 16 recorded fires in 2006 in the Bystrinsky Nature Park and not in the other parks and reserves which make up the property.

c) Poaching

The State Party has not recorded any salmon poaching in Kronotsky Reserve, Kluchevskoy and Bystrinsky Nature Parks. However, salmon poaching is widespread over the Kamchatka Region. Poaching controls during the fishing season include checkpoints on highways, and random checks by inspectors. There have also been some cases of illegal hunting for fur animals and bighorn sheep. The inspectors are receiving assistance from certified local hunters to control poaching.

The State Party has also reported on the following issues relating to the property: