1.         Los Katíos National Park (Colombia) (N 711)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1994

Criteria  (ix)(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/711/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0 (from 2002-2002)
Total amount approved: USD 43,000
For details, see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/711/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds

N/A

Previous monitoring missions

N/A

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

a) Armed conflict;

b) Illegal extraction of natural resources;

c) Lack of control of management agency. 

Illustrative material  see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/711/

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2008

Based on information gathered during exchanges with the State Party over the past year and on several site visits carried out by experts from the Colombian Parks Agency during the last two years, The World Heritage Centre and IUCN note that although armed conflict is still an issue of concern at this property, the overall state of conservation of the property remains satisfactory in relation to forest coverage and its conservation as well as integrity of the boundaries.

IUCN has received reports on the review and assessment process under implementation by the State Party. This process focuses on assessing the conservation and social challenges to which the property is subjected, and on developing clear directions for management actions. IUCN has also been providing information to the State Party with an emphasis on using the World Heritage Convention as a means of engaging local and national stakeholders in a broad effort to strengthen conservation and management of this property.

In this context it is important to note that the State Party has initiated an assessment of key environmental, social and governance factors related to the management of Los Katios. Whilst the existing situation in the property is still complicated by armed conflicts, a number of actions have been identified with the objective of:

a) Increasing management capacity at the local level;

b) Promoting sustainable management practices, such as sustainable fisheries, and to reduce illegal logging;

c) Assessing capacity building needs for the park managers and local communities, developing innovative participatory management and governance arrangements and assessing overall management effectiveness. 

Analysis and Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre and IUCN

N/A

Decision Adopted: 32 COM 7B.34

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-08/32.COM/7B,

2. Notes with satisfaction the review and assessment process initiated by the State Party to strengthen the conservation and management of this property;

3. Invites the State Party to consider requesting International Assistance from the World Heritage Fund to support the review and assessment process;

4. Requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2009, a report on the state of conservation of the property and progress made on the implementation of the above mentioned review and assessment process for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 33rd session in 2009.