State of Conservation (SOC)
Manovo-Gounda St Floris National Park (2000)
Desired state of conservation for the removal of the property from the List of World Heritage in Danger
UNESCO Extra-Budgetary Funds
International Assistance granted to the property
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Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports
- Heavy poaching;
- Lack of management plan;
- Possible transfer of the management of the site to a private foundation
Current conservation issues
In July 2000, the Centre was contacted by Earth Conservancy, a US based non-governmental organisation, claiming that it has been given the opportunity to manage three national parks in CAR for a twenty-year period beginning from the year 2000. As requested by representatives of the NGO, a meeting was held in UNESCO on 20 July 2000 in which staff from the Centre, UNESCO’s Bureau for Extrabudgetary Resources and the Director General’s Office participated. The representatives of the NGO and a staff of the Government of CAR visited the Centre from 1 to 7 August 2000, soon after their on-site visit during the latter part of July 2000, and informed the Centre that poaching and illegal entry into the site by armed groups from neighbouring countries continued to occur.
A representative of the CAR Ministry of Forests, Environment and Water and Hunting and Fisheries is due to present a paper on the state of conservation of the site at a Centre/IUCN workshop on the "Role of World Heritage in Danger Listing in Promoting International Cooperation for the Conservation of World Natural Heritage" in Amman, Jordan, during 6-7 October 2000. Information reported at the workshop and the outcome of discussions between the CAR participant and the Centre and IUCN staff will be reported at the time of the twenty-fourth session of the Committee.
Link to the decision
VIII.5 Manovo-Gounda-St.Floris National Park (Central African Republic (CAR))
The Committee was informed that a representative of the State Party had presented a paper on the state of conservation of the site at the Amman Workshop held on 6 and 7 October 2000. He had confirmed that poaching, including by armed groups from neighbouring States, was widespread in the area and that an UNESCO/IUCN mission to the site to plan mitigation and rehabilitation measures would be welcome. The UNESCO National Commission of CAR had contacted the Centre and plans to field a mission were underway. The Committee noted opportunities for possible collaboration with a US-based non-governmental organisation, namely the Earth Conservancy.
The Committee thanked the UNESCO National Commission of CAR for facilitating discussions to plan and field a mission to the site and for arrangements to prepare a state of conservation report and a rehabilitation plan. The Committee urged the Centre and IUCN to undertake the mission as early as possible in 2001 with a view to submitting a comprehensive report to the twentyfifth session of the Bureau in 2001. The Committee retained the site in the List of World Heritage in Danger.
The Committee may wish to review new information that may be available at the time of its session and take necessary decisions and recommend appropriate actions to the consideration of the State Party, advisory bodies and the Centre.
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Inscription on the Danger ListYear: 1997
Threats to the Site:
The site was added to the List of World Heritage in Danger following reports of illegal grazing and poaching by heavily armed hunters, who, according to some reports, may have harvested as much as 80% of the park's wildlife. The shooting of four members of the park staff in early 1997 and a general state of deteriorating security have brought all development projects and tourism to a halt.
The government of the Central African Republic has proposed to assign site management responsibility to a private Foundation.
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”).