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; Illegal tree felling; Poaching; Road construction

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

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 1991

The Bureau recalled that the Honduran authorities had requested the Committee, at its last session, to include this site in the List of World Heritage in Danger.

The Committee had suggested at that time that the Honduran authorities submit a request for international assistance from the World Heritage Fund. The Bureau noted that such a request had not yet been received and urged the Secretariat and IUCN to work through National MAB and IUCN networks in order to bring forward a request for the consideration of the Committee at its forthcoming session.

The recommendations of the Bureau were transmitted to the Executive Director of the Associacion Hondurena de Ecologica, which was responsible for the management of this site, by letter of 21 August 1991. Subsequently, the Secretariat was informed that a Department of Protected Areas and Forestry had been vested with the authority to manage all natural heritage areas in Honduras and was requested to send all relevant materials to prepare a request for inscribing this site on the List of World Heritage in Danger to this new Government Department.

Such a request is expected to be received shortly.

Analysis and Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre and IUCN

N/A

Decision Adopted: 15 BUR VI.42

The Bureau recalled that the Honduran authorities had requested the Committee, at its last session, to include this site in the List of World Heritage in Danger. The Committee had suggested at that time that the Honduran authorities submit a request for international assistance from the World Heritage Fund. The Bureau noted that such a request had not yet been received and urged the Secretariat and IUCN to work through national MAB and IUCN networks in order to bring forward a request for the consideration of the Committee at its forthcoming session.

Decision Adopted: 15 COM VIII

Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve (Honduras)

The Committee noted that there had been a recent change in the national agency responsible for the management of this site. The Vice-President of Honduras requested the Committee at its last session to include this site in the List of World Heritage in Danger. The Committee was informed that the new management authority would submit to the Secretariat a request for international assistance in order to enable the Committee to consider including this site in the List of World Heritage in Danger.