1.         Niokolo-Koba National Park (Senegal) (N 153)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1981

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/153/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0 (from 1982-1991)
Total amount approved: USD 107,845
For details, see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/153/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds


Previous monitoring missions


Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Illustrative material  see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/153/

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2000

A report received by IUCN, following a recent visit notes that there exists significant threats from poaching by local subsistence farmers and armed gangs.  The report suggests that there may soon (within five years) be no Derby Elands left, unless urgent measures are taken.  There is also inadequate local capacity to guard and patrol this site against poaching. Gold prospecting is a potential threat that may spread from outside into the Park, the cultivation and clearing of land in the national part is going on and the environmental impacts associated with the main road through the Park.

IUCN reports that Senegal has expressed great concern for the situation in the Park and has reported that earlier this year, a programme was taking place to transfer animals, including the Derby Elands, from the World Heritage site to the Fathala Forest in the Saloum Delta National Park and Biosphere Reserve with the objective to safeguard and repopulate another National Park.  However, IUCN notes that no study was ever carried out to assess the impacts of translocation on the animals or the National Parks.

Analysis and Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre and IUCN


Decision Adopted: 24 COM VIII.iii

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