1.         Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve (Côte d'Ivoire,Guinea) (N 155bis)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1981

Criteria  (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/155/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0 (from 1981-1989)
Total amount approved: USD 147,882
For details, see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/155/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds

N/A

Previous monitoring missions

November 1988

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Lack of Management Plan; Lack of funding; Poaching; New railway; Mining

Illustrative material  see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/155/

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

There is still some uncertainty regarding the commencement of a World Bank-financed iron ore mine project in the Guinean section of the site. IUCN has had no replies to its letters of concern to the relevant authorities. A Unesco mission in October/November 1988 has reviewed the management of the site and impacts of the adjacent mine in Liberia. The Committee should register their concerns with the World Bank over further damage to this site.

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 1989

IUCN reported to the Bureau that there is still some uncertainty regarding the commencement of a World Bank-financed iron ore mine project in the Guinean section of the site. IUCN has had no replies to its letters of concern to the relevant authorities.

The Bureau noted that the preparatory assistance mission to this site in November 1988 had resulted in the elaboration of a two-year Unesco/UNDP project on evaluating the impact of iron-ore extraction on the natural values of the site and elaborating an integrated management plan which would improve protective measures and encourage socio-economic development of the transition zone.

The Bureau nevertheless wished to express its concern about further damage to this site and suggested that this concern be communicated to the World Bank.

 

Analysis and Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre and IUCN

N/A

Decision Adopted: 13 BUR IV.B.8

The Bureau noted that the preparatory assistance mission to this site in November 1988 had resulted in the elaboration of a two-year Unesco/UNDP project on evaluating the impact of iron-ore extraction on the natural values of the site and elaborating an integrated management plan which would improve protective measures and encourage socio-economic development of the transition zone. The Bureau nevertheless wished to express its concern about further damage to this site and suggested that this concern be communicated to the World Bank.

Decision Adopted: 13 COM VIII.16

Mount Nimba (Côte d'Ivoire/Guinea)

The Committee noted the decision of the World Bank not to provide funds to Guinea for proposed iron-ore mining which would prejudice this site. It noted that this decision was made on economic grounds. The Committee requested the Secretariat to contact the authorities of the Cdte d'Ivoire and Guinea on this matter to encourage them to take the concerns of the Committee into consideration and preserve the integrity of the site.