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

N/A

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 1996

The Committee recalled at its nineteenth session that a mission to consider the state of conservation of Komodo National Park took place in July 1995 and that due to bad weather conditions and a rough sea, the boat capsized and the accident was fatal for four persons. The Committee took also note of a Geographical Information Project which was set up at Komodo National Park and the preparation of a zonation map of Komodo National Park with support from the World Heritage Fund.

The Directorate General of Forest Protection and Nature Conservation of the Ministry of Forestry prepared a full state of conservation report on Komodo National Park dated February 1996. This report calls for protective means and measures including the legal protection of the site and management plans on different levels. The report also outlined the main factors affecting the site, which are population pressure, forest fires, poaching (deer), coral blasting and fish poisoning and tourism pressures (increase of visitor numbers from 7,692 in 1989/90 to 25,760 in 1994/95). The report outlines also the monitoring procedures including records on damaged areas, animal censuses summarizing fluctuation patterns of wildlife populations. Yearly censuses for mammals, birds and the komodo dragon populations are conducted by the Park management. The report also indicates the substantial support from the World Heritage Fund for both infrastructure and human resources development and it was considered crucial for the management of the Park.

Action Required

The Bureau requested the Centre to write a letter of appreciation to the Indonesian authorities expressing satisfaction on the actions taken and commending them for the detailed state of conservation report received for Komodo National Park.

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 1996

N/A

Analysis and Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre and IUCN

N/A

Decision Adopted: 20 BUR IV.7

The Bureau requested the Centre to write a letter of appreciation to the Indonesian authorities expressing satisfaction on the actions taken and commending them for the detailed state of conservation report received for Komodo National Park from the Directorate General of Forest Protection and Nature Conservation of the Ministry of Forestry dated February 1996.