State of Conservation (SOC)

Okapi Wildlife Reserve

Okapi Wildlife Reserve
  Democratic Republic of the Congo
Date of Inscription: 1996
Nomination records (Year): 1994
Category: Natural
Criteria: (x)
Danger List: Yes
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Threats*
  • Civil unrest
  • Ground transport infrastructure
  • Identity, social cohesion, changes in local population and community
  • Illegal activities
  • Mining
  • War
Inscription on the Danger List
Year: 1997
Threats to the Site:

The Committee inscribed the Okapi Wildlife Reserve on the List of World Heritage in Danger, one year after giving it World Heritage status, due to reports that the armed conflict, which spread to the eastern parts of the country in early 1997, had led to the looting of facilities and the killing of elephants in this site. Most of the staff have fled the Reserve. There have also been reports of gold mining.



* : 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”).

** : All mission reports are not always available electronically.