1.         Thungyai-Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuaries (Thailand) (N 591)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1991

Criteria  (vii)(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/591/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0 (from 1998-1998)
Total amount approved: USD 20,000
For details, see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/591/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/591/

Information presented to the Bureau of the World Heritage Committee in 1998

IUCN has informed the Centre that this site has been severely damaged by fires that had affected Thailand and other countries in the region. Most fires in the region are of anthropogenic origin. Local people start fires to clear farmland and fields that are adjacent to protected areas to enhance pasture and mushroom production. Forest fire prevention was identified to be the major management issue in this site by IUCN, Centre and other experts and managers who visited the site as part of a World Heritage workshop hosted by Thailand during 19-23 January 1998. Most participants to the workshop identified the need for greater involvement of local people in the management of the site, including the prevention of forest fires. Following that workshop, the Chairperson has approved a sum of US$ 20,000 for a project, designed and submitted by the National Committee for the Protection of the World Heritage of Thailand, for research, training and raising awareness of local people on forest fire prevention and control. The results of the project will be used to review and revise the fire management policy of the site. The project foresees the implementation of joint activities by site-staff and representatives of local communities in forest fire prevention and control during the next dry season that will set in after November 1998.

Action Required

Decision required: The Bureau may wish to adopt the following text and transmit it to the Committee for noting:
“The Bureau requests the Centre, IUCN and the State Party to co-operate to ensure timely implementation of the project and the elaboration of a forest-fire management policy that solicits the co-operation of local people. The Bureau invites the State Party to submit a report on the success of fire management practices that may be tested out during the forthcoming dry season to the consideration of the twenty-third session of the Bureau in mid-1999.”

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 1998

The Bureau was informed that this site has been severely damaged by fires that had affected Thailand and other countries in the region. Forest fire prevention was identified to be the major management issue in this site by IUCN, Centre and other experts and managers who visited the site as part of a World Heritage workshop hosted by Thailand during 19-23 January 1998. Most participants to the workshop identified the need for greater involvement of local people in the management of the site, including the prevention of forest fires. Following that workshop, the Chairperson has approved a sum of US$ 20,000 for a project, designed and submitted by the National Committee for the Protection of the World Heritage of Thailand, for research, training and raising awareness of local people on forest fire prevention and control. The results of the project will be used to review and revise the fire management policy of the site. The project foresees the implementation of joint activities by site staff and representatives of local communities in forest fire prevention and control during the next dry season that will begin after November 1998.

The Observer of Thailand informed the Bureau that he would make a statement on this property at the time of the twenty-second session of the Committee. A representative of IUCN pointed out that IUCN’s Forestry Programme was developing an initiative focusing on forest fires in Asia and that IUCN will explore possibilities to launch actions that could assist forest tire prevention and control in this site.

Analysis and Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre and IUCN

The Bureau requested the Centre, IUCN and the State Party to co-operate to ensure timely implementation of the project to review and revise the forest fire management policy in this site and to elaborate a forest fire management policy that solicits the co-operation of local people. The Bureau invited the State Party to submit a report on the outcome of fire management practices that may be tested out during the forthcoming dry season for the consideration of the twenty-third session of the Bureau.

Decision Adopted: 22 COM VII.27

VII.27 The Committee noted the decisions of the twenty-second extraordinary session of the Bureau as reflected in the Report of the Bureau session (Working Document WHC-98/CONF.203/5) and included in Annex IV on the following properties:

The Committee noted that the Bureau's decision reflected the suggestion to establish an informal contact group on mining and World Heritage and that the IUCN "Draft Policy on Mining and Protected Areas" will be circulated.

The Committee noted the UN official name for the State Party: Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.