1.         Ngorongoro Conservation Area (United Republic of Tanzania) (C/N 39bis)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1979

Criteria  (iv)(vii)(viii)(ix)(x)

Year(s) of inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger    1984-1989

Previous Committee Decisions  see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/39/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0 (from 1979-1999)
Total amount approved: USD 225,845
For details, see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/39/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds

$79,000 to date plus $275,000 IUCN support in 1994 (funded by Germany)

Previous monitoring missions


Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Illustrative material  see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/39/

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

Previous deliberations:          
Twenty-third session of the Committee – paragraph X.28 and Annex VIII.

New informationThe Centre is in contact with the State Party to monitor progress with the process for investigating options available for the construction of an access road to Ngorongoro. No new information has been received at the time of the preparation of this document.

Action Required

The Bureau, based on new information that may be available at the time of its session, may take appropriate decisions thereupon.

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2000

No new information has been received by the Secretariat concerning progress in the process for investigating options available for the construction of an access road to Ngorongoro and the feasibility study reported to be underway in relation to the route.  The Centre sent a letter to the State Party dated 10 July 2000 informing on the decision of the Bureau, but a reply has not been received at the time of preparing the Bureau’s report. However, IUCN has noted in the update that Mak-Consult, the contractor, has produced a detailed design of the road to tarmac it from Makuyuni to the Loduare Gate of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, and that a document on the proposal will be submitted to the Government of Tanzania in late 2000.  An Environmental Impact Assessment was carried out on the various proposed routes for the planned access road and a decision made that the road should avoid environmentally sensitive areas.  The road will be low speed and drifts will be used to reduce the speed.

Analysis and Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies


Decision Adopted: 24 BUR IV.B.41

The Bureau was read a letter of appreciation received from the Director General of Tanzania National Parks dated 20 June 2000 in which the State Party informed the Centre that the Tanzania National Parks received safely the two vehicles provided by the twenty-third session of the Bureau (July, 1999) for Kilimanjaro and Serengeti National Parks.  The letter said that the vehicles are being used for  the management of the Kilimanjaro and Serengeti National Parks to improve the fire monitoring patrols, and resources such as the veterinary services, studies in quantity and quality of water for animals and ecological monitoring in general. This support for Serengeti as a vast park, has been a morale booster for the Park staff.   The Director General of the Tanzanian Park Agency thanked the World Heritage Centre, and the Bureau for this assistance.

As regards the road to Ngorongoro, the Bureau noted that the Centre is in contact with the State Party to monitor progress in the process for investigating options available for the construction of an access road to Ngorongoro and that no new information has been received.

The Observer of Tanzania thanked the World Heritage Centre for the support provided to his country, and assured the Bureau that Tanzania will communicate with the Centre concerning the construction of the road.

Having been informed that IUCN understood that a feasibility study is underway in relation to the route of the road, the Bureau recommended that more information be sought from the State Party on this issue for the twenty-fourth extraordinary session of the Bureau.

Decision Adopted: 24 COM VIII.iii

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Canadian Rocky Mountains Parks (Canada)

Comoe National Park (Côte d'Ivoire)

Galapagos Islands (Ecuador)

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Lorenz National Park (Indonesia)

Mount Kenya National Park/Natural Forest (Kenya)

Te Wahipounamu - South West New Zealand (New Zealand)

Arabian Oryx Sanctuary (Oman)

Huascarán National Park (Peru)

Danube Delta (Romania)

Lake Baikal (Russian Federation)

Niokolo-Koba National Park (Senegal)

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Sinharaja Forest Reserve (Sri Lanka)

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest (Uganda)

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Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the Serengeti National Park (United Republic of Tanzania)

Ha Long Bay (Vietnam)

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