State of Conservation (SOC)
Chitwan National Park (1990)
UNESCO Extra-Budgetary Funds
International Assistance granted to the property
Total Amount Ap proved:80,000USD
|1989||Public awareness programmes and development of an educational and ...||50,000 USD|
|1988||Consultancy services for the preparation of a plan for Royal ...||30,000 USD|
Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports
Current conservation issues
The Secretariat transmitted the Bureau's concerns regarding the impact of a proposed irrigation project to divert the Rapti river, which forms the northern boundary of this Park, to relevant authorities in Nepal and in the Asian Development Bank by letters dated 9 August 1990. The Asian Development Bank, by letter of 30 August 1990, has indicated that the Bank was "...equally concerned with the possible adverse effects..." of the East Rapti Irrigation Project on the wildlife of the Royal Chitwan National Park. The Bank had requested consultants to carry out a detailed environmental impact assessment study which is expected to be completed in the last quarter of 1990.
The Government of Nepal and the Bank have commissioned other studies, including a survey of existing farmer-managed irrigation schemes in the area, which would also be completed by the end of this year. The future status of the project will be jointly reviewed by the Government of Nepal and the Bank, on the basis of the conclusions of these studies and the likely options resulting from this review, and a set of alternatives will be foreseen. The Asian Development Bank indicated that it would keep the Secretariat informed of the future status of the project, as has been agreed with the Nepalese authorities, as a result of this review.
Analysis and Conclusion
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Royal Chitwan National Park (Nepal)
The Committee noted with satisfaction that, following the concerns expressed by the Bureau in June 1990 about the possible impact of an irrigation project whereby as much as 75 percent of the waters of the Rapti River would be diverted, the said project was reassessed by the Asian Development Bank and the Government of Nepal and that it would probably be modified significantly to minimize its negative impact on the environment.
The Committee requested the Secretariat and IUCN to monitor the progress of this issue until a final decision is reached and to report to the Bureau at its next session.
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The threats indicated are listed in alphabetical order; their order does not constitute a classification according to the importance of their impact on the property.
Furthermore, they are presented irrespective of the type of threat faced by the property, i.e. with specific and proven imminent danger (“ascertained danger”) or with threats which could have deleterious effects on the property’s Outstanding Universal Value (“potential danger”).