1.         Komodo National Park (Indonesia) (N 609)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1991

Criteria  (vii)(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/609/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0 (from 1993-1995)
Total amount approved: USD 119,500
For details, see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/609/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds

N/A

Previous monitoring missions

July 1995: evaluation mission on the state of conservation (mission cancelled); September 2000: joint UNESCO/IUCN mission

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Illustrative material  see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/609/

Information presented to the Bureau of the World Heritage Committee in 2002

Previous deliberations:
25th session of the Committee – Annex IX, paragraphs 54 - 56

Main issues:

Management plan implementation; controlling illegal fishing and reef mining; sustainable tourism development.

New information:

As indicated by the Observer of Indonesia at the time of the 25th session of the Committee in Helsinki, Finland in December 2001, a report from the State Party is expected by March 2002. A joint UNESCO-UNEP-RARE Center for Tropical Conservation mission to the site was fielded, from 23 January to 5 February 2002, as part of the implementation of the UNF financed project: “Linking Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Tourism at World Heritage sites”. The Consultant of the Centre who participated in the mission, after discussions with the Director of the Park and his staff provided the following information on two of the three issues that were raised by the 25th extraordinary session of the Bureau in its recommendation to the State Party in December 2001:

Action Required

The Bureau, based on new information that is expected to be available at the time of its session, may take decisions and make recommendations as appropriate.

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2002

N/A

Analysis and Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre and IUCN

N/A

Decision Adopted: 26 COM 21B.11

The World Heritage Committee,

Notes the state of conservation report and the decision by the Bureau contained in document WHC-02/CONF.202/2, paragraphs XII.3 - XII.5.

Decision Adopted: 26 BUR XII.3-5

XII.3      The Bureau noted that a joint UNESCO-UNEP-RARE Center for Tropical Conservation mission to the site was fielded, from 23 January to 5 February 2002, as part of the implementation of the UNF-financed project: “Linking Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Tourism at World Heritage sites”. The State Party informed the Centre that co-operation between Park staff, the Navy and the police has been strengthened considerably and joint patrols are being undertaken. These patrols are likely to help curtail the illegal entry of fishermen from other provinces and nearby islands to exploit the marine areas of the Park; and that discussions regarding the nomination of extensions to the Park for inclusion in the World Heritage site are underway. Furthermore, the extension of the site is in the process of consultation between the central and local governments.

XII.4      The Bureau noted information provided by the State Party and congratulated its efforts to promote co-operation between Park staff, the Navy and the police to strengthen patrolling and surveillance capacity. The Bureau noted that the establishment of a Tourism Concession in support of the management of Komodo National Park required further discussions. The Bureau urged that the Park Management, The Nature Conservancy and other stakeholders study existing legislation and regulations to fully understand the implications of the establishment of the Concession and develop it as a support mechanism to provide sustainable revenues for the management of the Park.

XII.5      The Bureau invited the State Party to provide to the 27th session of the Committee, a detailed report on the outcome of these discussions and investigations, as well as on the on-going dialogue between the central and local Governments with regard to the potential extension of the Park boundaries, as a part of the Periodic Reporting Exercise for the Asia Pacific Region.