State of Conservation (SOC)
Doñana National Park (2002)
UNESCO Extra-Budgetary Funds
International Assistance granted to the property
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Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports
- Toxic flow from a mine holding pool in 1998 (issue resolved)
- Species decline
- Pilgrimage impacts
- Grazing impacts
- Illegal water extraction
- Plans for up-stream port expansion
Current conservation issues
In addition to the information provided to the last session of the Bureau, IUCN notes that in response to the lynx crisis, the State Party announced in late March 2002 the launch of an 8 million Euro initiative to save the Iberian Lynx. This will involve: protection and restoration of potential habitat; ending the isolation of the various populations; increasing the number of rabbits and other prey; improve access to water; remove man-made obstacles such as roads; installation of secret cameras; DNA testing for monitoring purposes, and a captive breeding programme.
Analysis and Conclusion
The World Heritage Committee,
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1. Commends the State Party for its continued efforts towards the conservation of the site, and in particular the initiatives for the Iberian Lynx population;2. Urges the State Party to give priority to promoting integrated regional land-use planning in order to minimise impacts related to irrigation and road design, construction and management around the site.
The Committee may wish to adopt the following decision:
“The Committee commends the State Party for its continued efforts towards the conservation of the site, and in particular the initiatives for the Iberian Lynx population. The Committee urges State Party to give priority to promoting integrated regional land-use planning in order to minimise impacts related to irrigation and road design, construction and management around the site”.
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Decline of the Iberian lynx and Imperial eagle populations
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”).