1.         Manas Wildlife Sanctuary (India) (N 338)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1985

Criteria  (vii)(ix)(x)

Year(s) of inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger    1992-present

Previous Committee Decisions  see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/338/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0 (from 1997-1997)
Total amount approved: USD 165,000
For details, see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/338/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds

N/A

Previous monitoring missions

January 1997: World Heritage Centre mission;  February 2002: field visit by World Heritage Centre and IUCN

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Illustrative material  see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/338/

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2003

A UN Foundation planning grant project for preparing a World Heritage Biodiversity Programme for India (WHBPI) is currently under implementation and a draft project document is expected to be finalized before the end of April 2003. The project document is being prepared by the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) and the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and Environment (ATREE) and is co-ordinated by the overall co-ordination of a Committee comprising representatives from Government, NGO and the private sector. A staff member from the UN Foundation is expected to be in New Delhi in early May to discuss the development of WHBPI which will include, amongst others, proposals for supporting the conservation of the Manas World Heritage site. While the project document on WHBPI is likely to be finalized before the end of June 2003, fundraising for the execution of WHBPI is expected to require time and efforts till the end of 2003. The Centre, in cooperation with the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MOEF) in New Delhi, WII, ATREE, UNF and other concerned partners is following the preparation of the WHBPI and hopes to ensure that the recommendations of the IUCN Mission in early 2002, and the decision 21 (a) 4 of the 26th session of the Committee for strengthening conservation, are fully taken into consideration in proposing activities in and around the Manas Wildlife Sanctuary World Heritage site.

 

IUCN:

The new information provided above has been proposed on a consensual basis between IUCN and the World Heritage Centre. 

Analysis and Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre and IUCN

N/A

Decision Adopted: 27 COM 7A.9

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Commends the Indian Government and partner institutes and research bodies for their efforts in preparing a World Heritage Biodiversity Programme for India with support for project preparation from the United Nations Foundation (UNF);

2. Invites the State Party to submit a report to the World Heritage Centre by 1 February 2004 on the possible financing and execution of the Programme, including the implementation measures recommended by the 26th session of the Committee and the IUCN mission of early 2002 for the conservation of Manas, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 28th session in 2004;

3. Decides to retain Manas Wildlife Sanctuary on the List of World Heritage in Danger.

Decision Adopted: 27 COM 8B.2

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Following examination of state of conservation reports of properties on the List of World Heritage in Danger (WHC-03/27.COM/7A),;

2. Decides to maintain the following properties on the List of World Heritage in Danger: