1.         Niokolo-Koba National Park (Senegal) (N 153)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1981

Criteria  (x)

Year(s) of inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger   2007-present

Previous Committee Decisions  see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/153/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0 (from 1982-1991)
Total amount approved: USD 107,845
For details, see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/153/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds

N/A

Previous monitoring missions

N/A

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Road project; Poaching; Management issues

Illustrative material  see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/153/

Information presented to the Bureau of the World Heritage Committee in 1992

At its last session, the Committee while approving a sum of US$45,000 for the purchase of two all-terrain vehicles, recommended that the Secretariat request the Senegalese authorities to provide details of schedules and technical modalities for the implementation of measures to mitigate the environmental impacts of the road construction project in this Park. The Bureau may wish to recall that the Director-General, by letter of 3 July 1991, had already requested this information from the Senegalese authorities on the basis of the recommendation of the Bureau made at its fifteenth session held in Paris during 17-21 June 1991. The Senegalese authorities sent to the Secretariat on 11 December 1991 a brief description of the state of execution of mitigative measures undertaken, before the commencement of the road construction project, in relation to the following: legal protection; co-operation between Park authorities and other public and private agencies concerned with the road construction project; re-routing of traffic along the Bembou-Tambacounda cotton route; penalties and delays; and studies and preliminary measures. The Senegalese authorities also submitted a 32-page report, dated June 1991 and entitled 'Niokolo Koba and Badiar National Parks: Rehabilitation of Protected Areas and Eco-management of their Peripheries', which, among other topics, includes an estimation of costs for the implementation of measures to mitigate the impacts of the road construction project. All the information provided by the Senegalese authorities has been transmitted to IUCN.

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 1992

The World Heritage Centre informed the Committee that it has requested the competent authorities of Senegal to provide to the Committee, at its sixteenth session, a summary of the plan to mitigate impacts of the road construction project in the Niokolo-Koba National Park.

 

Analysis and Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre and IUCN

N/A

Decision Adopted: 16 BUR V.28

The Bureau recalled that an environmental impact study had found that the construction of a road through this National Park was preferable to the alternative of routing the road along the periphery of the Park because the route inside the Park could be better patrolled by Park staff. The Bureau noted that although the construction of the road had begun, work on the road has been temporarily suspended due to the beginning of the rainy season. The Delegate of Senegal informed the Bureau that the National Park Service had established several points, including one at Niokolo-Koba, to monitor traffic currently using the cotton route outside of the northern periphery of the Park, and that the Government of Senegal has prepared a plan to mitigate the impacts of the road construction project and draw up eco-management regimes for areas outside the periphery of the Park. The Bureau wished that a summary of the Plan be translated into English and presented to the members of the Committee during its sixteenth session scheduled to be held in December 1992.

Decision Adopted: 16 COM VIII

Niokolo-Koba National Park (Senegal)

The Bureau at its last session held in Paris in July 1992, requested IUCN to provide an up-to-date report on the measures taken by the Senegalese authorities to mitigate the impacts of a road being constructed through this Park. The Committee noted that IUCN's Office for Western Africa, in co-operation with the Senegal National Park Service and the University of Dakar has undertaken a field mission to examine the mitigative measures taken and that the findings of the mission will be reported to the Bureau when it convenes for its seventeenth session.