A report on the state of conservation of the property was submitted the State Party on 12 March 2008. The report notes that since the peace agreement of Ouagadougou, the political situation in the country has improved substantially: the division of the country in several zones of influence has been terminated, local authorities have been put back in place and all military forces have been reunited in a mixed army brigade. The security situation in the park has also improved.
The report further mentions progress on surveillance activities, development of partnerships to help restore management control of the entire property and fund-raising, development of the management plan, and the decommissioning of the military base at Nassian. Despite this progress, poaching remains a severe threat together with the lack of an effective management system. The identified corrective measures have yet to be fully implemented. No ecological data on the status of the values of the property were provided.
The following progress in implementation of the corrective measures is noted:
a) Establish an effective system of control and patrolling for the whole property
Fifteen park agents are currently deployed in the two sectors now accessible in the south and east of the property. The aim is to increase this number to 45 agents by June 2008 once a new director is in place and when access to at least three of the five park sectors is secured.
b) Develop and initiate the implementation of a management plan
A management plan for the property is reported to be under development but no time frame is provided for its completion. The zoning, management units and management functions will be defined during a workshop with all stakeholders.
To help address issues of encroachment and poaching, community outreach activities are underway in the region neighbouring the property, including pilot projects in animal husbandry, agriculture and agro-forestry, in cooperation with the UNESCO Man and Biosphere (MAB) programme. The local radio station is being used to promote these activities and raise awareness. IUCN and the World Heritage Centre note that it is crucial to involve the local communities in management of the property to enhance its governance.
c) Enlarging the activities of the management structure to encompass the entire property
The State Party has established a partnership agreement through the MAB Programme, with the national protected area authority (OIPR), the national programme for disarmament, and the Centre for Ecological Research (CRE), with the objective to restore control of the entire property during 2008. The partnership also aims to secure funding from the World Bank towards establishing effective management over the next four years and is seeking appropriate cofinancing.
The State Party further notes that poaching continues to represent the primary threat to the integrity of the property. However, surveillance and control of poaching are improving, with 120 days of patrolling conducted within the property leading to the identification of a commercial poaching network, several poaching tracks and seizure of poached game from traders. However, patrolling is hampered due to lack of resources for staffing and transport. Awareness-raising with local communities through the local radio has resulted in the abandonment of poaching tracks in the southern and eastern sectors of the property. A strategy to combat poaching and wild meat trafficking has been produced, but it has not been provided for review to the World Heritage Centre.
The 2006 reactive monitoring mission noted that due to local community population growth and their pressure for additional food production, some land within the property had been given to villagers in the Gorowi area for low-intensity agricultural use. However, the State Party report states that there is no human presence in the property.
The State Party is also working with two local NGOs and about twenty villages to help with fire management activities within the property and the wider biosphere reserve that surrounds it. However, no details on fire outbreaks and impacts were provided.
No progress was reported in a range of areas including research on resource use and conflict, re-establishing the research station, ecological research, and on establishing an ecological corridor with Burkina Faso and Ghana.
The World Heritage Centre and IUCN note that, although some progress has been made towards implementing the corrective measures, much work is still required. With the improvement of security conditions, it seems crucial to increase funding to the property to fully resume management activities and expedite the implementation of the corrective measures and other recommendations of the 2006 mission.