1.         Mount Huangshan (China) (C/N 547bis)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1990

Criteria  (ii)(vii)(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/547/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0 (from 1991-1993)
Total amount approved: USD 45,000
For details, see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/547/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds

N/A

Previous monitoring missions

N/A

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Illustrative material  see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/547/

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 1996

The Bureau may recall the fact that UNESCO, in co-operation with UNEP's Bureau for Industry and Environment, located in Paris, and the Chinese Ministry of Environment, convened an international seminar in this World Heritage Site, in 1991. The outcome of the seminar alerted the Chinese authorities to the growing negative impacts of unregulated tourism development in the site. Following this international seminar, a training workshop for Chinese protected area managers, was held in Huangshan, in October-November 1993, with financial assistance from the World Heritage Fund. The workshop made several recommendations, including the construction of a visitor centre, improving the disposal of the large amount of waste generated by tourists, and introducing ecological safeguards and criteria in identification of sites for constructing visitor facilities.

During a visit to the site in August-September 1996, the Director of the World Heritage Centre was pleased to note that the Chinese authorities have given serious consideration to the recommendations of the training workshop held in 1993, with the support of the World Heritage Committee. The management of waste disposal has improved and the site's natural and aesthetic values are maintained in an exemplary way. Site management authorities are also considering plans for establishing a visitor centre and limiting further construction of visitor facilities within the site.

Analysis and Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies

The Bureau may wish to adopt the following text and transmit it to the Committee for noting:

"The Bureau commends the Chinese authorities for the positive steps they have taken in improving tourism management in the site and encourages them to proceed with additional measures, such as the construction of a visitor centre, to manage the large numbers of visitors annually entering the site."

Decision Adopted: 20 COM VII.D.46

VII.46 Mount Huangshan (People's Republic of China)

The Bureau at its twentieth extraordinary session recalled that an international seminar was held at the site in 1991 by the National Environmental Protection Agency of China and UNEP, which indicated growing negative impacts of unregulated tourism development. It also noted that a training workshop for Chinese protected area managers was organized at Huangshan in October-November 1993. Recommendations of the workshop included the construction of a visitor centre, improving the disposal of the large amount of waste generated by tourists, and introducing ecological safeguards and criteria in identification of sites for constructing visitor facilities. The Bureau was pleased to note that the Chinese authorities had given serious consideration to these recommendations and that the management of waste disposal had improved and the site's natural and aesthetic values were maintained in an exemplary way. Site management authorities were also considering plans for establishing a visitor centre and limiting further construction of visitor facilities within the site.

The Bureau commended the Chinese authorities for the positive steps they had taken in improving tourism management in the site and encouraged them to proceed with additional measures, such as the construction of a visitor centre to manage the large numbers of visitors annually entering the site.