State of Conservation (SOC)
Nahanni National Park (2003)
UNESCO Extra-Budgetary Funds
International Assistance granted to the property
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Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports
- Potential impacts of increased mining activity in the region
- Conflicting land use and management policy applied
Current conservation issues
The Centre received a report from the State Party dated 7 February 2003. The report provided information on the proposed industrial activities on Nahanni National Park and the expansion of the Park. The Mackenzie Valley Environment Impact Review Board found an environmental impact assessment of the proposed mine at Prairie Creek to be deficient. The Board is awaiting subsequent information from the Canadian Zinc Corporation.
IUCN notes the progress in the development of a new Management Plan for Nahanni National Park, which is nearing completion. The report noted that Parks Canada is working with Deh Cho First Nations on the issue of the extension of Park’s boundary. Local communities have agreed to work with Parks Canada and other governmental agencies over the next three years on a detailed feasibility study of boundary options.
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The World Heritage Committee ,
1. Acknowledges progress made with the development of a new management plan for the property and the proposed expansion of the property as a long-term process, including consultations with the Deh Cho First Nations;
2. Requests the State Party to keep the World Heritage Centre informed on the development of the new management plan and environmental impact assessment of the proposed mine at Prairie Creek.
 Decision adopted without discussion
Draft Decision: 27 COM 7 (b) 16
The World Heritage Committee,
1. Acknowledges progress made with the development of a new management plan for the site and the proposed expansion of the site as a long-term process, including consultations with the Deh Cho First Nations,
2. Requests the State Party to keep the Centre informed on the development of the new management plan and environmental impact assessment of the proposed mine at Prairie Creek.
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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”).