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 1982-1996)
Total amount approved: USD 198,000
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

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

Information presented to the Bureau of the World Heritage Committee in 1996

At its nineteenth session, the Committee took note of a monitoring report prepared by IUCN. This report noted the threats to the site, including agricultural intrusion and the implementation of land reform programmes. IUCN informed the Centre that the Minister for the Environment is in agreement with the findings. A number of follow-up actions, including the inscription of the site on the List of World Heritage in Danger, was recommended. Further to the decision of the Committee, the Centre requested the Honduran authorities to inform the Committee about the actions taken to protect the site. The Centre received a state of conservation report dated 30 April 1996 from the Honduran Minister for the Environment, which indicated the actions taken by the Government and various NGOs, as well as two projects submitted for technical assistance.

Action Required

The Bureau may wish to examine the report that will be provided by IUCN and consider if it wishes to recommend the Committee to inscribe this property on the List of World Heritage in Danger.

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 1996

At its nineteenth session, the Committee took note of a monitoring report prepared by IUCN. This report noted the threats to the site, including agricultural intrusion and the implementation of land reform programmes. A number of follow-up actions, including the inscription of the site on the List of World Heritage in Danger, were recommended. Further to the decision of the Committee, the Centre requested the Honduran authorities to inform the Committee about the actions taken to protect the site. The Centre received a state of conservation report dated 30 April 1996 from the Honduran Minister for the Environment, which indicated the actions taken by the Government and various NGOs, as well as two projects submitted for technical assistance.

On the basis of additional information provided by IUCN's regional office, the Bureau at its twentieth session recommended the Committee to inscribe this property on the List of World Heritage in Danger. The Bureau furthermore recalled that IUCN's report provides eleven points of corrective actions and that the Minister of Environment has endorsed this report, including the recommendation that the site be inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger.

Analysis and Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre and IUCN

The Bureau may wish to transmit the state of conservation report to the Committee and recommend the Committee to adopt the following:

"The Committee decides to inscribe the Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve on the List of World Heritage in Danger and encourages the State Party to continue to implement the eleven points of corrective actions recommended by IUCN. The Committee requests the authorities of Honduras to keep it informed on a regular basis of actions taken to safeguard this property."

Decision Adopted: 20 BUR IV.7

The Bureau recalled the detailed monitoring report prepared by an IUCN mission to the site in November 1995. This report noted the threats to the site, including agricultural intrusion and the implementation of land reform programmes. IUCN informed the Bureau that the Minister of Environment is in agreement with the findings. A number of follow-up actions, including the inscription of the site on the List of World Heritage in Danger, was recommended. The Centre received a brief state of conservation report dated 30 April 1996 from the Honduran Minister of Environment, which indicated the actions taken by the Government and various NGOs, as well as projects submitted for technical assistance.

On the basis of the report provided by IUCN's regional office, the Bureau recommended the Committee to inscribe this property on the List of World Heritage in Danger. The Bureau recalled that the report provides eleven points of corrective actions and that the Minister of Environment has endorsed this report, including the recommendation that the site be inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger. The Government of Honduras has submitted a technical assistance request and the Bureau recalled that priority should be given to international assistance requests for sites on the List of World Heritage in Danger.

Decision Adopted: 20 BUR IX.A

Requests approved by the Bureau

Conservation Strategy and Preparation of a Management Plan for the Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve (Honduras)

In the light of the state of conservation report presented on this site, the Bureau approved an amount of US$ 30,000 for the
elaboration of a management plan for the Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve (Honduras) subject to the submission of a detailed budget outline for this request.

Requests not approved by the Bureau

Architectural Design of the Interpretation Centre at the Galapagos National Park (Ecuador) (US$ 25,900)
The Bureau recalled the recent mission to the Galapagos Islands and recommended that the Galapagos National Park authorities submit a request to the next Bureau session in line with the orientations identified by the fact-finding mission to the Galapagos Islands led by the Chairperson.

Technical Assistance for Virunga National Park (Zaire) (US$100,000)

The Bureau did not recommend this request to be approved by the Committee in the light of the findings of the recent mission to this site, which is on the List of World Heritage in Danger. The Bureau encouraged the State Party to submit a revised request in particular for a safeguarding plan for Virunga National Park as recommended by the expert mission.

Decision Adopted: 20 COM VII.D.33

VII.33 Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve (Honduras)

The Committee recalled that at its nineteenth session it took note of a monitoring report prepared by IUCN. This report noted the threats to the site, including agricultural intrusion and the implementation of land reform programmes. A number of follow-up actions, including the inscription of the site on the List of World Heritage in Danger, were recommended. Following the Committee session, the Centre requested the Honduran authorities to inform the Committee about the actions taken to protect the site. The Centre received a state of conservation report dated 30 April 1996 from the Honduran Minister for the Environment which indicated the actions taken by the Government and various NGOs, as well as a project submitted for technical assistance, which was approved by the Bureau at its twentieth session. On the basis of additional information provided by IUCN's regional office, the Bureau at its twentieth session recommended the Committee to inscribe this property on the List of World Heritage in Danger. The Bureau furthermore recalled that IUCN's report provided eleven points of corrective actions and that the Minister of Environment had endorsed this report, including the recommendation that the site be inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger.

Having taken note of this information, the Committee decided to inscribe the Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve on the List of World Heritage in Danger and encouraged the State Party to implement the eleven points of corrective actions recommended in the IUCN conservation status report. The Committee requested the authorities of Honduras to keep it informed on a regular basis of actions taken to safeguard this property.

 

Decision Adopted: 20 COM VIII.A.4

VII.4 The Committee at its twentieth session examined the state of conservation reports contained in Working Document WHC-96/CONF.201/7B, and additional information provided in Information Document WHC-96/CONF.201/INF.23 and decided to include the following properties on the List of World Heritage in Danger:

Simen National Park (Ethiopia)

Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve (Honduras)

Ichkeul National Park (Tunisia)

Garamba National Park (Zaire)