State of Conservation (SOC)
Talamanca Range-La Amistad Reserves / La Amistad National Park (1993)
UNESCO Extra-Budgetary Funds
International Assistance granted to the property
Total Amount Ap proved:256,450USD
|1993||Technical assistance for La Amistad World Heritage site||0 USD|
|1992||Repair of damage to housing of staff at Talamanca -La Amistad, ...||10,000 USD|
|1990||La Amistad: construction of 3 guard posts, purchase of field ...||50,000 USD|
|1990||Various conservation and training activities for La Amistad||50,000 USD|
|1988||Equipment and financial contribution for strengthening the ...||30,000 USD|
|1985||Improvement of infrastructure, implementation of the management ...||40,000 USD|
|1985||Strengthening the protection and management of Talamanca-La ...||32,150 USD|
|1983||Training programme, improvement of infrastructures and equipment ...||30,000 USD|
|1982||In situ training of wardens of La Amistad Reserve||14,300 USD|
Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports
Need to review the boundaries; Possible oil exploitation (issue resolved); Road construction proposal
Current conservation issues
The Bureau was informed that the Costa Rican authorities were not in agreement with all the boundary modifications recommended by the Committee, at its fifteenth session. The Bureau noted that the Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mines, which is responsible for the management of the Talamanca - La Amistad Reserves, and the general public, as well as the indigenous people resident within the site, were not in favour of all proposed modifications of the boundary suggested by the Committee.
A representative of IUCN informed the Bureau that specialists from IUCN's Regional Office in Costa Rica are discussing the boundary modifications proposed by the Committee with the Costa Rican authorities. These discussions have taken into consideration the need to accommodate the socio-economic aspirations of indigenous people in the Biosphere Reserve whilst protecting the World Heritage values of the site. The Bureau requested the World Heritage Centre to continue dialogue with the Costa Rican authorities in this important matter and report on the outcome during the forthcoming session of the Committee in December 1993.
On 10 September 1993 the Permanent Delegation of Costa Rica informed the World Heritage Centre that the observations made by the Bureau were transmitted to the competent national authorities.
According to information received by IUCN, on 8 October 1993 a tentative agreement on the La Amistad boundaries was reached through discussion with the Vice Minister who was formally responsible for the area. Following these discussions, the proposed boundaries have been transmitted to the Costa Rican authorities by IUCN. We are waiting for confirmation of these revised boundaries.
Analysis and Conclusion
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A. NATURAL HERITAGE
A.2 Requests for which the Bureau formulated a recommendation to the Committee
A.2.1 Technical co-operation
A.2.1.3 Technical assistance request for La Amistad World Heritage site (Costa Rica/Panama)
The Bureau noted the request of the Costa Rican authorities for US$50,000 for the site. However, as agreement on the proposed new boundaries for the site have not been received by the Centre and Costa Rica has not paid its dues to the Fund, the request was deferred.
The Bureau requested IUCN to organize with its regional office in Costa Rica, a meeting to review the project in the light of the revised boundaries and information received on other sources of support.
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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”).