1.         Kahuzi-Biega National Park (Democratic Republic of the Congo) (N 137)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1980

Criteria  (x)

Year(s) of inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger   1997-present

Threats for which the property was inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger

Desired state of conservation for the removal of the property from the List of World Heritage in Danger

Benchmarks have yet to be set. Discussions are underway with the State Party.

Corrective measures identified

Following corrective measures were recommended by the 2006 UNESCO mission and approved by the Committee at its 30th session (Vilnius, 2006):

a) Develop a strategy to evacuate all armed groups from the property. The strategy will also need to take into account the closing of all illegal mining operations inside the property;

b) Substantially strengthen the presence of the Park authority (ICCN) guards in the lowland sector of the Park;

c) Reclaim as soon as the security situation allows the farms in the ecologically important corridor between the lowland and highland and delimitate it;

d) Strengthen the cooperation between ICCN and its partners by developing a joint planning for all interventions in the Park;

e) Conduct as soon as the security situation allows a survey of flagship species present in the lowland sector of the Park, in particular gorilla and other primates;

f) Strengthen the law enforcement in the property, thereby gradually increasing the amount of the Park that is covered by guard patrols;

g) Establish a trust fund for the rehabilitation of the DRC World Heritage properties.

Timeframe for the implementation of the corrective measures

Not yet identified; In progress; Identified; proposed for adoption in the draft Decision below ; Adopted, see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/decisions/xxxx

Previous Committee Decisions  see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/137/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0 (from 1980-2000)
Total amount approved: USD 119,270
For details, see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/137/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds

Total amount provided to the property: First phase of the UNF and Belgium funded programme for the Conservation of the DRC World Heritage properties (“DRC programme”). (2001–2005): approximately USD 300,000 for staff allowances, equipment, community conservation, monitoring and training activities. Current phase (2005-2008): USD 300,000 for the implementation of the emergency action plan with funding from Belgium complemented by funding for the inventory and monitoring component by UNF.

Previous monitoring missions

UNESCO missions in 1996 and 2006. Several UNESCO missions in the framework of the project. 

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

a) Armed conflict, insecurity and political instability;

b) Poaching by military and armed groups;

c) Encroachment in particular in the corridor between high- and lowland;

d) Illegal mining and deforestation.

Illustrative material  see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/137/

Current conservation issues

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Analysis and Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre and IUCN

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Draft Decision: 41 COM 7A.

The World Heritage Committee,

1.         Having examined Document WHC/17/41.COM/7A,

2.         Recalling Decision

2.         Heading 7

a)         Heading 8

(i)         Heading 9

2.         Requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2018, an updated report on the state of conservation of the property and the implementation of the above, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 42nd session in 2018;

2.         Decides to retain Kahuzi-Biega National Park (Democratic Republic of the Congo) on the List of World Heritage in Danger.