State of Conservation (SOC)
Whale Sanctuary of El Vizcaino (1995)
UNESCO Extra-Budgetary Funds
International Assistance granted to the property
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Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports
Current conservation issues
The Bureau took note of the oral report presented by the IUCN Representative on the site, indicating that the Mitsubishi Corporation in partnership with the Mexican Government has a project to convert a part of the lagoon into salt ponds for industrial salt production. A one-mile-long pier is proposed, which would disturb the grey whales within the lagoon. No response has yet been received to a letter written to the authorities indicating the concerns raised at the nineteenth session of the Bureau concerning the situation at the site.
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VII.16 Whale sanctuary of El Viscaino (Mexico)
The Committee recalled that the Bureau at its last session took note of the report on the site, presented by the IUCN Representative, indicating that the Mitsubishi Corporation in partnership with the Mexican Government, has a project to convert a part of the lagoon into salt ponds for industrial salt production. A one-mile long pier is proposed, which could disturb the grey whales within the lagoon. The Committee noted that no response has yet been received to a letter written to the authorities indicating the concerns raised at the nineteenth session of the Bureau. The Delegate of Mexico took the floor and informed the Committee that the project is still under study.
As no specific action is required, the Committee is recommended to take note of the information provided in the working documents.
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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”).