1.         Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve (Honduras) (N 196)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1982

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/196/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0 (from 1982-1988)
Total amount approved: USD 168,000
For details, see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/196/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds

N/A

Previous monitoring missions

N/A

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Extreme pressure with the invasion of refugees and settlers into the Reserve

Illustrative material  see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/196/

Information presented to the Bureau of the World Heritage Committee in 1989

Problems with illegal settlement, logging and poaching were brought to the attention of the Committee at its 12th Session. The concerns are still valid and the authorities should again be asked to consider nominating the site for the danger list and to take strong measures to avert further damage to the site (possibly using emergency assistance from the World Heritage fund).

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 1989

Problems with illegal settlement, logging and poaching were brought to the attention of the Committee at its 12th Session.

There was concern at the possible settlement of 4,000 Nicaraguan Mishkito Indians near the buffer zone and their subsistence agriculture and hunting could pose a threat.

There have also been plans to construct roads through and near the reserve. This property was inscribed in 1982 and the monitoring report sought from the national authority will be reviewed carefully when it comes to hand.

Analysis and Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre and IUCN

N/A

Decision Adopted: 13 BUR IV.B.12

The IUCN representative also gave reports on the conservation status of Rio Platano (Honduras), Manu National Park (Peru), Ichkeul National Park (Tunisia), Sagarmatha (Nepal), Wood Buffalo National Park (Canada).

Decision Adopted: 13 COM VIII.16

Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve (Honduras)

The Committee noted IUCN's concerns about the integrity of this site and asked that IUCN provide further information when the report from the national conservation authority is received.