State of Conservation (SOC)
Mount Kenya National Park/Natural Forest (2001)
UNESCO Extra-Budgetary Funds
International Assistance granted to the property
Total Amount Ap proved:25,000USD
|2000||Management Planning Proposal for " Mount Kenya National ...||25,000 USD|
Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports
- Illegal activities leading to serious destruction of canopy and a decrease of the overall forest area
- Livestock grazing in the site
- Cannabis cultivation
- Lack of implementation of the Management Plan
Current conservation issues
The Centre and IUCN received a letter from the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) noting that IUCN had ‘requested KWS nominate Mt Kenya World Heritage Site for inclusion in the List of World Heritage in Danger’, and expressing opposition to the ‘proposed de-listing of Mt Kenya World Heritage site. The letter noted that the management of the site had recently been transferred from the Forest Department to the KWS with the aim of enhancing management and enforcement. The KWS reported that it had extended the boundaries of the site to include the natural forest, and was in the process of preparing an integrated management plan. IUCN has responded to the State Party by: clarifying its role as an Advisory Body; outlining the process involved in listing sites on the List of World Heritage in Danger; explaining the implications of inclusion on the List of World Heritage in Danger, and outlining the purpose of monitoring missions and the need for such missions to be approved by the State Party. The Centre and IUCN note that the delay in receiving an invitation from the Kenyan State Party for a monitoring mission appears to be related to a misunderstanding on what was requested by the Bureau in June 2001. The KWS was of the understanding that the request for a mission with the view to considering whether the site should be included on the List of World Heritage in Danger constituted automatic inclusion in this List, as well as subsequent removal from the World Heritage List.
Link to the decision
VIII.88 The Committee requested the State Party to invite a mission to the site as soon as possible to enable an independent assessment of the state of conservation of the World Heritage site.
The Bureau may wish to adopt the following for transmission to the Committee:
"The Committee requests the State Party to invite a mission to the site as soon as possible to enable an independent assessment of the state of conservation of the World Heritage site."
Mount Kenya National Park/Natural Forest
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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”).