Decision : CONF 201 VII.D.33
SOC: Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve (Honduras)
VII.33 Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve (Honduras)
The Committee recalled that at its nineteenth session it took note of a monitoring report prepared by IUCN. This report noted the threats to the site, including agricultural intrusion and the implementation of land reform programmes. A number of follow-up actions, including the inscription of the site on the List of World Heritage in Danger, were recommended. Following the Committee session, the Centre requested the Honduran authorities to inform the Committee about the actions taken to protect the site. The Centre received a state of conservation report dated 30 April 1996 from the Honduran Minister for the Environment which indicated the actions taken by the Government and various NGOs, as well as a project submitted for technical assistance, which was approved by the Bureau at its twentieth session. On the basis of additional information provided by IUCN's regional office, the Bureau at its twentieth session recommended the Committee to inscribe this property on the List of World Heritage in Danger. The Bureau furthermore recalled that IUCN's report provided eleven points of corrective actions and that the Minister of Environment had endorsed this report, including the recommendation that the site be inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger.
Having taken note of this information, the Committee decided to inscribe the Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve on the List of World Heritage in Danger and encouraged the State Party to implement the eleven points of corrective actions recommended in the IUCN conservation status report. The Committee requested the authorities of Honduras to keep it informed on a regular basis of actions taken to safeguard this property.