State of Conservation (SOC)
Manovo-Gounda St Floris National Park (2001)
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
Total Amount Ap proved:170,000USD
|2001|| Programme d'urgence pour la réhabilitation du site du patrimoine ...
Reapproval: 19 Nov, 2004 (n°1743 - 50,000 USD)
|2001||Project for "Long-term Conservation of the Manovo-Gounda-St. ...||20,000 USD|
May 2001: Interdisciplinary mission
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
Across-the-border poaching of wildlife by armed gangs. Lack of management infrastructure and resources.
In accordance with the recommendations of the Committee, made since the inclusion of this site in the List of World Heritage in Danger in 1997, a mission to this site was fielded from 5-13 May 2001 and the report of the mission submitted to the twenty-fifth session of the Bureau in June 2001 (the report was included as WHC-2001/CONF.205/INF.6 for review by the Bureau). The Bureau’s deliberations are included in paragraphs V.8-V.10 of the Rapporteur’s Report submitted as working document WHC-01/CONF.208/3 to the twenty-fifth session of the Committee.
The Bureau had invited the Centre and IUCN to work together with all parties concerned to prepare a fundraising plan for the implementation of urgent rehabilitation measures, a realistic workplan including institutional responsibilities for the implementation of those measures, and a time frame for the effective rehabilitation of the site and benchmarks that could signal improvements in its state of conservation and assist the Committee’s decision concerning the eventual removal of the site from the List of World Heritage in Danger. The Centre is in the process of developing such a detailed plan, in co-operation with the State Party, including components that may be considered by the Committee for financing under the World Heritage Fund. Details of the plan and justifications for the assistance requested from the Fund will be presented to the Committee under the Agenda item 17 on requests for international assistance.
In accordance with the recommendation of the twenty-fifth session of the Bureau, letters are being prepared under the signautre of the Director-General, to the Permanent Delegations of all countries neighbouring the Republic of Central Africa inviting their cooperation in combatting poaching in the site by armed groups traversing their territories. The Centre, in co-operation with IUCN, the State Party and other partners will follow up with the State Party and its neighbours to organize forums and specific actions to raise awareness of across-the-border poaching issues and ways and means of combatting them.
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VIII.9 The Committee noted with satisfaction that in accordance with the recommendations made at its last session, a mission to the site was fielded from 5-13 May 2001. The Committee took note of the conclusions and recommendations deriving from the examination of that report by the twenty-fifth session of the Bureau held in June 2001.
VIII.10 The Committee noted that the Centre and IUCN were in the process of co-operating with the State Party to prepare a fundraising plan for the implementation of urgent rehabilitation measures and a realistic workplan including institutional responsibilities for the implementation of those measures. These plans will include benchmarks that could signal improvements in the state of conservation of the site and assist the Committee's decision concerning the eventual removal of the site from the List of World Heritage in Danger. As part of this cooperative process, a two-phase, 24-month programme of actions for addressing the critical and most urgent needs for the conservation of the site have been developed. The list of actions includes those needed to provide urgent protection for the site and others to encourage dialogue among stakeholders to link site protection to socio-economic development of the broader region. The Committee took note of those actions included in pages 38 and 39 of the Working Document WHC-01/CONF.208/20 as part of the description of an emergency assistance request from the World Heritage Fund submitted by the State Party.
VIII.11 The Committee was informed that, in accordance with the recommendation of the twenty-fifth session of the Bureau, the Director-General had written to the Permanent Delegations of all countries neighbouring the Republic of Central Africa inviting their co-operation in mitigating across-the-border poaching. The Committee invited the State Party to actively seek the co-operation of all its neighbours to combat poachers entering from neighbouring countries. The Committee requested the Centre and IUCN to co-operate with the State Party to identify potential financial sources, over and above that which the Committee may consider providing from the World Heritage Fund, to implement the urgent rehabilitation measures and long-term conservation actions for the benefit of this site. The Committee decided that the site be retained in the List of World Heritage in Danger.
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XVIII.8.1 NATURAL Central African Republic
Manovo-Gounda St Floris National Park Emergency Rehabilitation Plan: The Committee was informed that the requested clarifications had been received. IUCN expressed its support for the request. The Committee approved US$150,000 for this activity.
The Committee may wish to adopt the following:
“The Committee notes with satisfaction that a site visit has been undertaken and that the state of conservation of the site has been assessed and a rehabilitation plan prepared. The Committee invites the State Party to actively seek the co-operation of all its neighbours to combat across-the-border poaching. The Committee requests the Centre and IUCN to co-operate with the State Party to identify potential financial sources, over and above that which the Committee may consider approving from the World Heritage Fund, to implement the urgent rehabilitation measures for the conservation of this site. The Committee decides that the site be retained in the List of World Heritage in Danger”.
Central African Republic
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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”).