1.         Golden Mountains of Altai (Russian Federation) (N 768rev)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1998

Criteria  (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/768/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0
Total amount approved: USD 0
For details, see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/768/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/768/

Information presented to the Bureau of the World Heritage Committee in 2000

Previous deliberations:
Twenty-second session of the Committee – paragraph - VIII.3

New information: IUCN has informed the Centre that it has received various reports concerning the proposal to construct a road and gas pipeline from Russia to China through the Ukok Plateau. The Ukok Quiet Zone on the Ukok Plateau (252,904 ha) is one of three areas that together make up the Golden Mountains of Altai World Heritage site and that such a proposal, if implemented within the World Heritage site, would have major impacts on the natural values of the area.

Action Required

The Bureau invites the State Party to inform the Centre on the proposed road construction project, including any environmental impact studies that may be underway, before 15 September 2000.

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2000

Concerning the proposal to construct a road and gas pipeline from Russia to China through the Ukok Plateau, UNESCO staff at the Moscow Office met with representatives of the Russian Man and the Biosphere programme (MAB) and were informed that technically an easier version could be planned through Kazahstan, but was not taken into consideration for political reasons. Via his letter of 15 September 2000, the Permanent Delegate of Russia to UNESCO informed the Centre  that the State Committee for Environmental Protection of Russia is aware of the decision to build a transportation route Urumchi (China) – Barnaul through the Ukok Plateau, but that Russia is bound to meet requirements concerning the site. The preparation of the project has not yet started and all possibilities to consider the biological safety will be taken into account. The State authorities of the Rebublic of Altai have expressed their negative opinion to these plans. IUCN has received the State Party response and stated that the State Party has confirmed that the road construction has not commenced. The project in fact exists only in the form of a possible economic prospect for the region’s development. The State Party assures that it will insist that parties interested in this project will consider all possibilities to ensure the biological safety of the area. If the project is to be developed it will have to go through a State ecological assessment. The Fund for the 21st Century Altai has informed IUCN that they are planning to organise a conference with other NGOs on the issue of the proposed road across the Ukok Plateau. They hope to hold this before the Committee meeting in November, so that an update can be given to the Committee. 

Analysis and Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre and IUCN

N/A

Decision Adopted: 24 BUR IV.B.36

The Bureau invited the State Party to inform the Centre on the proposed road construction project, including any environmental impact studies that may be underway, before 15 September 2000.

Decision Adopted: 24 COM VIII.26

VIII.26 Golden Mountains of Altai (Russian Federation)

The Observer of Russia informed the Committee that the proposed road and gas pipeline through the Ukok Plateau is supported at the highest political level. The project will be reviewed at a meeting on 15 and 16 December 2000 in the Altai Republic.