State of Conservation (SOC)
Salonga National Park (1999)
Desired state of conservation for the removal of the property from the List of World Heritage in Danger
UNESCO Extra-Budgetary Funds
International Assistance granted to the property
Total Amount Ap proved:144,500USD
|1999|| Emergency support for Parc National de la Salonga
Reapproval: 22 Mar, 2002 (n°1520 - 20,000 USD)
|1992||Review of the state of conservation of World Heritage sites in ...||3,750 USD|
|1990||Reinforcement of protection for Salonga National Park: ...||60,000 USD|
|1990||Training of 2 specialists each from Salonga and Virunga National ...||4,750 USD|
|1987||Financial contribution for the preparation of a technical ...||6,000 USD|
|1987||Additional costs of equipment for Salonga National Park||12,000 USD|
|1985||Equipment and financial contribution towards the development of a ...||28,000 USD|
|1985||18-month training for a specialist from Salonga National Park at ...||10,000 USD|
Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports
Current conservation issues
Twenty-third ordinary session of the Bureau – Chapter IV.30
New information: The Chairperson approved in September 1999 a technical co-operation grant of US$ 20,000 to : (a) launch special anti-poaching programmes including providing living and motivational allowances to personnel ; (b) expand Park units from two to six in order to enhance patrolling and surveillance efficiency ; (c) organise a programme of awareness building among all stakeholders and design and implement small-scale projects benefiting local populations ; and (d) purchase of uniforms, tents and communications equipment essential for basic patrolling and surveillance operations. The heightened levels of threats due to poaching and illegal encroachments continue to prevail and the conditions which led the Bureau to recommend that the Committee inscribe this site in the List of World Heritage in Danger remain unchanged.
Analysis and Conclusion
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VIII.1 Following the review of the state of conservation reports and at the recommendation of the Bureau, the Committee decided to inscribe the following natural and cultural properties on the List of World Heritage in Danger:
- Salonga National Park (Democratic Republic of the Congo)
- Rwenzori Mountains National Park (Uganda)
- Iguaçu National Park (Brazil)
- Hampi (India)
VIII.2 The Committee did not recommend the deletion of properties from the List of World Heritage in Danger.
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X.21 Salonga National Park (Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC))
The Committee noted that the heightened levels of threats due to poaching and illegal encroachments as well as the conditions which led the Bureau at its July session to recommend that the Committee inscribe this site in the List of World Heritage in Danger still prevail.
The Committee requested the Centre and IUCN to extend to Salonga the co-operation with the conservation NGOs, ICCN and other partners, targeted to raise international awareness and support for four other World Heritage sites in Danger in the DRC (Garamba, Virunga and Kahuzi Biega National Parks and the Okapi Faunal Reserve). They should also explore ways and means to strengthen the conservation and management of Salonga National Park. The Committee decided to inscribe Salonga National Park in the List of World Heritage in Danger.
The Bureau may wish to transmit the above report to the Committee for examination and recommends the following for adoption:
“The Bureau reiterates its recommendation, made at its July 1999 session, that the Committee include this site in the List of World Heritage in Danger. In addition the Bureau may request the Centre and IUCN to expand its co-operation with the conservation NGOs, ICCN and other partners, targeted to raise international awareness and support for four other World Heritage sites in Danger in the DRC, namely Garamba, Virunga and Kahuzi Biega National Parks and the Okapi Faunal Reserve, to address the needs of this site too, and explore ways and means to strengthen the conservation and management of Salonga National Park.”
Democratic Republic of the Congo
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Inscription on the Danger ListYear: 1999
Threats to the Site:
The Salonga National Park was the only one of five sites in the Democratic Republic of Congo which was not included on the List of World Heritage in Danger.Due to its central location in the country, it was less affected by the ongoing armed conflicts.
Poaching and housing construction, however, affect the integrity of the site and its inclusion will allow Salonga - like the four other sites in this country - to benefit from the UNESCO project, funded in large part by the United Nations Foundation, to provide assistance - amounting to USD 4.1 million - in areas such as training of personnel and equipment, as well as protection of biodiversity.
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”).