1.         Sagarmatha National Park (Nepal) (N 120)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1979

Criteria  (vii)

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/120/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0 (from 1980-1999)
Total amount approved: USD 232,097
For details, see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/120/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds


Previous monitoring missions


Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Tourism Pressure; Logging; Lack of human or financial resources; Lack of institution coordination. 

Illustrative material  see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/120/

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2004

The Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPWC) of Nepal, in a report attached to its letter of 27 January 2004 to the Centre, noted that the Nepal Civil Aviation Authority has confirmed in writing that it will remove equipment and other construction materials from the Syangboche airstrip inside Sagarmatha National Park. The excavator and materials will be airlifted to Kathmandu.  The Civil Aviation authority was in the process of hiring an helicopter in late January 2004 to airlift the materials from Syangboche. IUCN has noted the information and has expressed satisfaction with the action taken by the State Party to implement Committee decision 27 COM 7B.10. The report of the DNPWC does not however, address other issues raised by the Committee at its last session, e.g. enhanced co-operation with local stakeholders.

Analysis and Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre and IUCN


Decision Adopted: 28 COM 15B.16

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Commends the State Party for taking the necessary action to halt the construction of the Syangboche airstrip project and to remove the equipment and construction materials brought into the Park for the project;

2. Requests the State Party to enhance co-operation with local stakeholders.