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The Bureau noted that the Ministry of Environment of Brazil had taken all possible measures to close the Colon Road. In particular: (a) a technical report prepared by the Brazilian Environment Agency (IBAMA) on the environmental impacts caused by the illegal opening of the Colon Road and its continuing use has been submitted to the Courts; and (b) the Federal Court of Parana has ratified the Brazilian Government’s decision to close the road and to impose prison sentences on those who continue to refuse to comply with the Government’s decision. The Supreme Court of Brazil has ...
Session: 24th session of the Bureau (CONF 202)
Year: 2000
Sites: Iguaçu National Park
Country: Brazil
The Bureau noted that a workshop held from 25 to 27 September 1999 at this site had brought together twenty-eight participants from Government institutions, staff of the Reserve and NGOs. The workshop focused on linking the applications of the World Heritage Convention, Ramsar Convention, Biosphere Reserve concept and other Europe-wide initiatives, such as those of BirdLife Network, Natura 2000 and the European Habitat Directive, to the conservation of Srebarna Nature Reserve. The workshop also explored possibilities to involve the local population in the conservation of the site and to ...
Session: 24th session of the Bureau (CONF 202)
Year: 2000
Sites: Srebarna Nature Reserve
Country: Bulgaria
The Bureau expressed its concern that the President of the State Party had not yet responded to letters from the Director-General and the Chairperson, transmitting the recommendations of the twenty-second (Kyoto, Japan, 1998) and the twenty-third (Marrakesh, Morocco, 1999) sessions of the Committee. The letters invited the President’s urgent intervention for the preparation of a detailed state of conservation report and a rehabilitation plan for the conservation of the site. The Bureau noted the information reported by IUCN that poachers entering CAR from other countries in the ...
Session: 24th session of the Bureau (CONF 202)
Year: 2000
Sites: Manovo-Gounda St Floris National Park
Country: Central African Republic
The Bureau was informed that, as requested by the Committee at its last session in Morocco (November – December 1999), the Director-General of UNESCO had written to the Heads of States of the DRC and of the neighbouring states implicated in the war in Eastern DRC, namely Rwanda, Sudan and Uganda, drawing their attention to the need to respect the international law protecting the five World Heritage sites in the DRC and soliciting their support to create an environment enabling resident site staff to effectively protect the sites. The Minister for the Environment of the Government of ...
Session: 24th session of the Bureau (CONF 202)
Year: 2000
Sites: Garamba National Park Kahuzi-Biega National Park Okapi Wildlife Reserve Salonga National Park Virunga National Park
Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo
At its last session in Morocco (November – December 1999) the Committee expressed its agreement with the State Party's proposal that the effects of the inclusion of Sangay in the List of World Heritage in Danger should be evaluated. In accordance with that recommendation, the Centre and IUCN intend to invite a paper from the Ecuadorean authorities for presentation at a workshop on the ²Role of the List of World Heritage in Danger in promoting international co-operation for the conservation of World Heritage sites². This workshop is planned to be convened at the time of ...
Session: 24th session of the Bureau (CONF 202)
Year: 2000
Sites: Sangay National Park
Country: Ecuador
The Bureau was informed of a meeting between the Permanent Delegate of Ethiopia to UNESCO and the Director and concerned staff of the Centre, convened on 16 February 2000, when the Director recalled the decisions of the Bureau and the Committee since the site's inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger in 1996. In particular, the Director of the Centre referred to the recommendation of the twenty-third session of the Committee (Morocco, 1999) that the Chairperson undertake a mission to Ethiopia to meet with relevant national and regional authorities and to re-establish a basis ...
Session: 24th session of the Bureau (CONF 202)
Year: 2000
Sites: Simien National Park
Country: Ethiopia
The Bureau was informed of a meeting between a representative of CEGEN (Centre for Environmental Management of Mount Nimba) and Centre staff during the Representative's visit to the Centre from 17 to 21 April 2000. The Bureau noted with satisfaction several initiatives currently underway to revive international co-operation for the protection of Mt. Nimba. The feasibility study phase of a GEF project has already commenced and is expected to be followed by a medium-sized (US$ 300,000  or more) GEF grant. There are negotiations between GEF and other potential donors for mobilising ...
Session: 24th session of the Bureau (CONF 202)
Year: 2000
Sites: Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve
Country: Côte d'Ivoire Guinea
The Bureau was informed that the Centre staff, at a meeting held in early 2000, pointed out to the Permanent Delegate of Honduras to UNESCO the recommendation of the Committee that her Government consider inviting a UNESCO/IUCN mission to the site. Following that meeting and several formal and informal communications, the State Party, via a letter dated 21 June 2000 invited a Centre/IUCN mission and the Bureau was satisfied to learn that the mission is likely to be fielded in late September 2000. The Bureau was informed that a project of the German Technical Co-operation Agency, GTZ, is ...
Session: 24th session of the Bureau (CONF 202)
Year: 2000
Sites: Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve
Country: Honduras
The Bureau learned that the Deputy Inspector General of Forests (Wildlife) of the Ministry of Environment and Forests in New Delhi, India, via his letter dated 10 April 2000, had informed the Centre that the second phase of the rehabilitation plan for Manas for which the twenty-first session of the Committee (Naples, 1997) approved a sum of US$ 90,000, is currently being implemented. The Bureau recalled that the delay in utilising these funds for rehabilitation activities was caused by the unusually heavy rains experienced in 1998.  Also, the need to revise the rehabilitation plan to ...
Session: 24th session of the Bureau (CONF 202)
Year: 2000
Sites: Manas Wildlife Sanctuary
Country: India
The Bureau was informed that, as part of the implementation of the rehabilitation plan, adopted by the Bureau at its session in July 1999, the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife of Niger had organized a training workshop on the protection of natural heritage for Reserve staff from Forest, Wildlife and Fisheries Departments, and others from the National Museums, University of Niamey,  border police, army, security services, tour operators,  and others concerned with the control of trade in wildlife products and artefacts. The Workshop was convened from 20 - 23 March 2000 in ...
Session: 24th session of the Bureau (CONF 202)
Year: 2000
Sites: Air and Ténéré Natural Reserves
Country: Niger
The Bureau was informed that a four-person team representing IUCN, the Ramsar Convention and other international and regional organisations, visited the site from 28 February to 4 March 2000. The team reviewed the monitoring programmes currently in place and considered additional parameters and indicators that need to be included in an expanded programme to monitor the effectiveness of the rehabilitation measures currently being implemented by the State Party. The report of the mission team has been submitted to the State Party for comments. The mission concluded that Ichkeul National ...
Session: 24th session of the Bureau (CONF 202)
Year: 2000
Sites: Ichkeul National Park
Country: Tunisia
The Bureau learned that the Centre had been informed by the IUCN Regional Councillor for Africa that high risks linked to security conditions in and around this site continue to prevent the implementation of meaningful conservation actions. The high Mountain altitudes are occupied by the rebel group, Allied Defence Forces (ADF) and the lower elevations of the Mountain are under the control of the Ugandan Government Forces (UPDF).  The UPDF is believed to be combing the habitats in the lower elevations to clear them of explosives planted by the ADF.  The report further mentioned ...
Session: 24th session of the Bureau (CONF 202)
Year: 2000
Sites: Rwenzori Mountains National Park
Country: Uganda
The Bureau noted the findings of the IUCN review of the report submitted by the State Party, at the time of the last session of the Committee (Marrakesh, 1999) outlining the following: (a) the current status of the key threats to the site; (b) the mitigation measures being taken; and (c) requirements for the removal of threats. The report on Everglades addresses a number of threats, and in particular those posed by: (i) exotic species; and (ii) hydrological impacts, including the experimental water delivery project and its impact on endangered species. The Bureau commended the approach ...
Session: 24th session of the Bureau (CONF 202)
Year: 2000
Sites: Everglades National Park
Country: United States of America
The Bureau noted the findings of the IUCN-review of the report submitted by the State Party at the time of the last session of the Committee (Marrakesh, 1999) and outlining the following: (a) the current status of the key threats to the site; (b) the mitigation measures being taken; and (c) requirements for the removal of threats. The report of Yellowstone addresses the following threats: (i) mining activities outside the Park; (ii) brucellosis infection of the bison population; (iii) lake trout invasion; (d) impacts on water quality; (iv) road construction; and (v) regulation of visitor ...
Session: 24th session of the Bureau (CONF 202)
Year: 2000
Sites: Yellowstone National Park
Country: United States of America
The Secretariat informed the Bureau that it had received on 29 May 2000 a communication from the Minister of Culture of Albania confirming that the area along the coast about which the World Heritage Committee expressed concern at its twenty-third session, would not be developed and would be included in the protected area that was subject of the request for extension of the site. A map was submitted to this effect. The Bureau congratulated the Government of Albania for the positive response to the Committee’s recommendation that a part of the area along the coast be included in the ...
Session: 24th session of the Bureau (CONF 202)
Year: 2000
Sites: Butrint
Country: Albania
After the presentation on the state of conservation of the site, the Delegate of Hungary requested that the Activity Reports and additional information relating to the infrastructural work undertaken in the vicinity of Angkor, such as the National Road 6 implemented by The World Bank, the hotel complex and the extension of the airport of Siem Reap be made available.  The Delegate of Greece supported this request and expressed her concern regarding the continuing illicit traffic of Khmers cultural heritage. The Director of the World Heritage Centre informed the Bureau that the ...
Session: 24th session of the Bureau (CONF 202)
Year: 2000
Sites: Angkor
Country: Cambodia
Following the decision of the Committee to inscribe the site on the List of World Heritage in Danger at its twenty-third session, a UNESCO-ICOMOS Joint Reactive Monitoring Mission was undertaken in February 2000. The objectives of the mission were to hold discussions with the national and regional authorities concerned to remove the threats facing the site as identified by the Committee, and to provide technical assistance for the development of a comprehensive management plan. In spite of the information provided during the World Heritage Committee session that the construction of the ...
Session: 24th session of the Bureau (CONF 202)
Year: 2000
Sites: Group of Monuments at Hampi
Country: India
Following the presentation of the state of conservation of the site and reports on the regular missions of specialists from CRATerre and the World Heritage Centre, a discussion took place concerning the techniques used for the restoration of the Fort.  The Delegates of Greece and Finland questioned whether it was a reconstruction of the site rather than a restoration.  After discussions that mainly related to the restoration of the earthen buildings, it was suggested that an international seminar, with the participation of ICCROM and ICOMOS, be convened in Oman on earth ...
Session: 24th session of the Bureau (CONF 202)
Year: 2000
Sites: Bahla Fort
Country: Oman
As requested by the World Heritage Committee at its twenty-third session, ICOMOS and ICCROM provided their views on the recently adopted Master Plan for this site. ICOMOS commended the Government of Peru for the preparation and adoption of the Master Plan. It noted that the plan consists of nine volumes, is comprehensive and that its preparation was based upon the appropriate methodology. It suggested that to facilitate the use by on-site staff and to ensure its implementation: (1) a single volume summary of the plan be prepared that would actually constitute the Management Plan for the ...
Session: 24th session of the Bureau (CONF 202)
Year: 2000
Sites: Chan Chan Archaeological Zone
Country: Peru
World Natural Heritage Properties of Australia The Bureau noted that progress reports on the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics of Queensland would be reviewed by the twenty-fourth extraordinary session of the Bureau.
Session: 24th session of the Bureau (CONF 202)
Year: 2000
Sites: Great Barrier Reef Wet Tropics of Queensland
Country: Australia
The Bureau reviewed the overall report entitled "Shark Bay World Heritage Area (Australia): Condition, Management and Threats", that provides a comprehensive assessment of issues at Shark Bay and noted that the Australian Government prepared a response dated 21 June 2000 which was transmitted to the Centre on 26 June 2000. IUCN noted that the ACIUCN process for monitoring has continued and has produced the report on Shark Bay. It was hoped that subsequent reports could be submitted for the Wet Tropics and the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage sites. IUCN pointed out that this has been ...
Session: 24th session of the Bureau (CONF 202)
Year: 2000
Sites: Shark Bay, Western Australia
Country: Australia
IUCN acknowledged the comprehensive report from the State Party, which focused on fisheries impact, particularly in relation to Patagonian tooth fish and mackerel icefish. IUCN furthermore commended the recommendation to establish a marine protected area and urged action on this to complement the values of the existing World Heritage site. The Bureau commended the State Party for preparing and submitting a thorough report that provided a sound technical basis for the establishment of a Marine Protected Area (MPA) and to enhance conservation of the Heard and McDonald Islands World ...
Session: 24th session of the Bureau (CONF 202)
Year: 2000
Sites: Heard and McDonald Islands
Country: Australia
Concerning the reports received, IUCN noted that the IUCN Task Force on Management Effectiveness has outlined a programme to improve the monitoring of World Heritage sites and a proposal has been submitted for support of the UN Foundation. IUCN pointed out that this methodology is already being applied by the relevant Australian authorities in Fraser Island, and the State Party is to be commended for this approach. IUCN also proposed that the ACIUCN process be extended to include Fraser Island taking full account of the work undertaken on management effectiveness. The Bureau invited the ...
Session: 24th session of the Bureau (CONF 202)
Year: 2000
Sites: Fraser Island
Country: Australia
IUCN informed the Bureau that it had received information on private sector proposals for a 22km cableway which would, if implemented, cross part of the World Heritage area and have potential negative impacts. IUCN pointed out that similarities exist with the cable car proposal at Morne Trois Pitons National Park in Dominica, which was resolved satisfactorily through working in collaboration with the State Party. The Delegate of Australia informed the Bureau that no decision concerning such a development had been taken. An Environmental Impact Statement has been prepared for public ...
Session: 24th session of the Bureau (CONF 202)
Year: 2000
Sites: Gondwana Rainforests of Australia
Country: Australia
The Bureau noted the concerns expressed that a report on the implementation of the Sangmelima (1998) Workshop recommendations is yet to be received from the State Party. The IUCN Regional Office for Central Africa has been involved in assisting the efforts of the State Party to conserve this site since 1995, with financial support from the Government of the Netherlands. IUCN has informed the Centre that this support was concluded in December 1999. Since then there have been no new projects to support site management and additional resources from international donors and partners are ...
Session: 24th session of the Bureau (CONF 202)
Year: 2000
Sites: Dja Faunal Reserve
Country: Cameroon
The Centre informed the Bureau that the Workshop on the transfrontier Darien Ecosystem took place in Bogota on 25 and 26 May 2000 and that a representative from IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) participated. However, no field mission to the site was possible as no security clearance could be obtained from UNDP due to the continuing conflicts in the region.  IUCN noted the continuing challenges in managing this area, but applauded the efforts of the Fundacion Natura and the State Party to attempt to implement co-management arrangements. IUCN pointed out that the ...
Session: 24th session of the Bureau (CONF 202)
Year: 2000
Sites: Los Katíos National Park
Country: Colombia
The Centre highlighted a number of projects currently under way on the protection of the Galapagos Islands, including the UN Foundation project (US$ 3,9 million), a UNDP/GEF project valued at US$ 8 million and a loan project, to be financed by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), for about US$ 20 million to address issues pertaining to marine resource protection, environmental management in the Islands, institutional strengthening and capacity building IUCN noted the positive progress made, but highlighted a number of issues including (a) the need to develop regulations to the ...
Session: 24th session of the Bureau (CONF 202)
Year: 2000
Sites: Galápagos Islands
Country: Ecuador
The Centre informed the Bureau that the UNESCO/IUCN mission to the site, recommended by the twenty-third session of the Bureau, had been postponed and could now proceed in September 2000. IUCN pointed out that it is looking forward to participating in the mission, which will focus on practical means to address destructive fishing practices for local communities and viable development such as ecotourism. IUCN also noted that the UN Foundation has approved a project with the aim of improving the global coverage of marine World Heritage sites. The Bureau urged the Centre and the State ...
Session: 24th session of the Bureau (CONF 202)
Year: 2000
Sites: Komodo National Park
Country: Indonesia
The Bureau noted that IUCN has received a report on 'Aerial Survey of the Destruction of Mt. Kenya, Imenti and Ngare Ndare Forest Reserves, February-June 1999' prepared by the Kenya Wildlife Service and dated August 1999. The results of the survey, which have been substantiated by other sources, have established that the whole of Mt. Kenya and the Imenti Forests are heavily impacted by illegal activities leading to serious destruction below the bamboo/bamboo-podocarpus belt. Results from this survey have noted severe impacts associated with: illegal, unsustainable logging of indigenous ...
Session: 24th session of the Bureau (CONF 202)
Year: 2000
Sites: Mount Kenya National Park/Natural Forest
Country: Kenya
The Centre informed the Bureau that following the announcement by the President of Mexico on 2 March 2000 to halt the proposed salt-works at the World Heritage site of El Vizcaino, letters have been written by the Director-General of UNESCO, the World Heritage Centre and the Chairperson welcoming the President’s decision. The President, in his reply, commented that the decision was made to protect the integrity of the site and that solutions have to be reviewed for the sustainable development of the region. The Centre informed the Bureau that El Vizcaino is included in a UN ...
Session: 24th session of the Bureau (CONF 202)
Year: 2000
Sites: Whale Sanctuary of El Vizcaino
Country: Mexico
The Centre informed the Bureau that it had not received the detailed report on the management of the introduced mountain “thar” the State Party was requested to submit before 15 April 2000.  The Delegate of Australia commented that according to his information the document was submitted to the Centre. The Bureau requested the Centre to contact the State Party to obtain the detailed report on the management of the introduced mountain thar by 15 September 2000.
Session: 24th session of the Bureau (CONF 202)
Year: 2000
Sites: Te Wahipounamu – South West New Zealand
Country: New Zealand
The Bureau was informed that in May 2000, IUCN undertook a mission to the Arabian Oryx Sanctuary, with the participation of the Centre. Issues covered in the mission report include: the status of the Arabian Oryx population where the report noted that poaching was severe from 1996 to 1999, but has been stopped over the past sixteen months, particularly with the input from ‘The Sultan’s Special Forces’; and that, as regards the adequacy of the management plan, sharper boundaries are being developed, and questions of oil and gas exploration, off road vehicles and ...
Session: 24th session of the Bureau (CONF 202)
Year: 2000
Country: Oman
The Centre informed the Bureau that a mission to the site took place from 8 to 12 May 2000 and that the mission report is currently being finalized by IUCN. IUCN commented that it had carried out the mission and that an initial draft report had been submitted to the Centre. IUCN highlighted the following preliminary points: (a) the site is assessed as not being in danger; (b) there is a positive co-operation with the mining industry and the site will be one of the case studies at the forthcoming World Heritage and Mining Workshop; and (c) there are a range of other site specific issues ...
Session: 24th session of the Bureau (CONF 202)
Year: 2000
Sites: Huascarán National Park
Country: Peru
The Bureau invited the State Party to inform the Centre on the proposed road construction project, including any environmental impact studies that may be underway, before 15 September 2000.
Session: 24th session of the Bureau (CONF 202)
Year: 2000
Sites: Golden Mountains of Altai
Country: Russian Federation
The Centre informed the Bureau that no information had been received from the State Party despite a number of letters written concerning the site. The Director of the UNESCO Office in Moscow attended the last session of the Baikal Commission and had noted that progress is very slow. IUCN fully supported the Baikal Law but highlighted concerns about the adequacy of its implementation, particularly in relation to discharge of waste into the Lake from the Baikalsk Pulp and Paper Mill. IUCN considered that there is a need to look for innovative mechanisms for dealing with this matter which ...
Session: 24th session of the Bureau (CONF 202)
Year: 2000
Sites: Lake Baikal
Country: Russian Federation
The Bureau recalled that Djoudj Sanctuary was inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger in 1984 due to problems caused by the construction of downstream dams that interfered with the water regime of this wetland. Several interventions had been made to maintain the water balance in the wetland, some supported by financial contributions from the World Heritage Fund. Due to improvements in the state of conservation of the site, it was removed from the List of World Heritage in Danger in 1988. The Bureau noted that the UNESCO Office in Dakar, Senegal, had informed the Centre of the ...
Session: 24th session of the Bureau (CONF 202)
Year: 2000
Sites: Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary
Country: Senegal
IUCN noted some improvements to the situation at the site, but had concerns about: (a) measures to ensure that toxic wastes, to be dumped into the old mine pit will not percolate into the surrounding aquifer; (b) the need for co-ordinating measures between various stakeholders including state and regional authorities. Such co-ordination is essential to address broader regional land issues and their impact on the site. The Bureau noted the continuing efforts of the State Party to clean up the area, which indicate a gradual recovery of the Guadiamar River Basin. The Bureau urged the State ...
Session: 24th session of the Bureau (CONF 202)
Year: 2000
Sites: Doñana National Park
Country: Spain
IUCN noted that it had received reports indicating that the Reserve boundaries have been extended to 12 nautical miles of territorial waters thus now matching the area of the World Heritage site. IUCN commented that the threat to the site posed by the invasive species Sagina, is being addressed through an eradication programme. The Observer of the United Kingdom informed the Bureau that, to the best of his knowledge, the boundaries have not been officially confirmed as a formal legal process must be followed for this purpose.  Concerning the invasive species, the eradication ...
Session: 24th session of the Bureau (CONF 202)
Year: 2000
Sites: Gough and Inaccessible Islands
Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
The Bureau was read a letter of appreciation received from the Director General of Tanzania National Parks dated 20 June 2000 in which the State Party informed the Centre that the Tanzania National Parks received safely the two vehicles provided by the twenty-third session of the Bureau (July, 1999) for Kilimanjaro and Serengeti National Parks.  The letter said that the vehicles are being used for  the management of the Kilimanjaro and Serengeti National Parks to improve the fire monitoring patrols, and resources such as the veterinary services, studies in quantity and quality ...
Session: 24th session of the Bureau (CONF 202)
Year: 2000
Sites: Ngorongoro Conservation Area Serengeti National Park
Country: United Republic of Tanzania
The Centre informed the Bureau that the donor roundtable for developing projects to strengthen the capacity of the Ha Long Bay Management Department will take place on 19 and 20 July 2000 and that a feasibility study for a project to develop the Ha Long Bay Ecomuseum for US$ 130.000 is being carried out by UNDP Hanoi. IUCN informed the Bureau that it had carried out a detailed state of conservation report for this site following a field mission. A number of improvements in the management were noted. However, significant challenges remain which include over-fishing and solid and organic ...
Session: 24th session of the Bureau (CONF 202)
Year: 2000
Sites: Ha Long Bay
Country: Viet Nam
The Bureau was informed that the Secretariat undertook a mission to Victoria Falls on 1 June 2000 and held discussions concerning recommendations of the last session of the Committee with both the Zambian and the Zimbabwean authorities on both sides of the site. The mission was informed that national and bilateral meetings would be held in August 2000. The Delegate of Zimbabwe, speaking on behalf of both States Parties, confirmed to the Bureau the organization of the meeting in August 2000 to finalize a number of issues concerning the management of the site. The Bureau reiterated its ...
Session: 24th session of the Bureau (CONF 202)
Year: 2000
Sites: Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls
Country: Zambia Zimbabwe
World Heritage affected by a spill from Romania  The Centre informed the Bureau that there have been four spills of cyanide and heavy metals from three mine sites in Romania since 30 January 2000. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) sent an expert assessment mission to evaluate the cyanide spill at Baia Mare (Romania) and the final report has been made available on the UNEP web site at http://www.natural-resources.org/environment/BaiaMare/mission.htm. The Representative of UNEP informed the Bureau of the results of a mission undertaken by UNEP to the site. The statement ...
Session: 24th session of the Bureau (CONF 202)
Year: 2000
Country: Romania
The Centre informed the Bureau that, although at present it is difficult to estimate the exact damage, there is evidence of damage to the site as a result of the cyanide and heavy metals spills in Romania. Emergency assistance for the site is under implementation. ICOMOS highlighted that there is currently no impact on the cultural values, however they may occur in the long-term, and that ICOMOS supported the emergency request. IUCN also supported assistance for this cultural landscape and shared concerns about the environmental impacts of the cyanide spill. IUCN pointed out that clear ...
Session: 24th session of the Bureau (CONF 202)
Year: 2000
Sites: Hortobágy National Park - the Puszta
Country: Hungary
The Bureau took note of the following documents which were requested by the third extraordinary session of the Committee in July 1999: WHC-2000/CONF.202/INF.6 entitled «Australia’s Commitments: Protecting Kakadu National Park» and WHC-2000/CONF.202/INF.7, a report from the Independent Scientific Panel (ISP) of ICSU concerning remaining scientific issues relating to the mining of uranium at Jabiluka. In addition, the Bureau noted the correspondence that the Centre had received, from the Gundjehmi Aboriginal Corporation (GAC), expressing concerns over an accumulation of ...
Session: 24th session of the Bureau (CONF 202)
Year: 2000
Sites: Kakadu National Park
Country: Australia
The Bureau noted that as in the case of Shark Bay, ACIUCN has established a collaborative process to prepare a report on the state of conservation of this site. It noted the view expressed by IUCN that the process will be complete and a report submitted in 2001 subject to ACIUCN receiving adequate resources. The Bureau noted that the issues addressed will include the management of areas of the Regional Forest Agreement (RFA) which are outside of the World Heritage site but which have been previously identified as having World Heritage value, proposals to develop helicopter landing sites ...
Session: 24th session of the Bureau (CONF 202)
Year: 2000
Sites: Tasmanian Wilderness
Country: Australia
The Bureau was informed that in accordance with the request of the twenty-third session of the Committee, the Ministry of Construction of China submitted a report on the state of conservation of this site.  The report dealt particularly with the project to construct a monorail that had been completed. The Bureau noted that the project had been approved by the Ministry of Construction in China in September 1997, taking into consideration environmental protection and the scale of construction of a non-polluting source of transportation for tourists with an aerial view of the scenic ...
Session: 24th session of the Bureau (CONF 202)
Year: 2000
Sites: Mount Emei Scenic Area, including Leshan Giant Buddha Scenic Area
Country: China
The Secretariat informed the Bureau that, upon the request of the Committee at its twenty-third session, the Peruvian authorities submitted a response to the recommendations of the UNESCO-IUCN-ICOMOS mission to Machu Picchu in October 1999. The Secretariat also informed the Bureau that it had received from the Peruvian Permanent Delegation a request for collaboration in the further undertaking of geological studies on the potential of landslides on the slopes of the mountain on which the Ciudadela is located. These studies would be undertaken in the framework of the UNESCO – Kyoto ...
Session: 24th session of the Bureau (CONF 202)
Year: 2000
Sites: Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu
Country: Peru
The Bureau noted the advice of ICOMOS that the proposed construction of a sports stadium at some three kilometres from the World Heritage city of Salzburg would not have an adverse impact on the World Heritage site and that there would be no direct line of sight between the two. The Observer of Austria confirmed the view of ICOMOS. The Bureau, however, requested the Austrian authorities to submit this view in writing by 15 September 2000 so that at its twenty-fourth extraordinary session the Bureau could be informed accordingly.
Session: 24th session of the Bureau (CONF 202)
Year: 2000
Sites: Historic Centre of the City of Salzburg
Country: Austria
The Secretariat informed the Bureau that information from various sources was received concerning the on-going demolition of the traditional buildings in the Shöl area (administrative district of the Potala Palace) which forms part of the World Heritage protected area inscribed in 1994. The beautification of the more prominent buildings, as with many other historic areas in Asia, for conversion into souvenir shops and tourism facilities, was leading to the decrease of residential use and undermining the authenticity of the site. The Bureau noted the efforts being made by the ...
Session: 24th session of the Bureau (CONF 202)
Year: 2000
Sites: Historic Ensemble of the Potala Palace, Lhasa
Country: China
In addition to the information available in the document WHC-2000/CONF.202/5, the Secretariat informed the Bureau that the rehabilitation work of the public areas (roads, pavements, etc.), financed by the Arab Fund for Social and Economic Development (FADES) was making good progress in Cairo Fatimide around the Beit Suhaimi as well as in Historic Cairo (or Copt) around the Roman Citadel, with the involvement of the Ministry of Tourism.  With regard to the restoration of Beit Sinnari, halted for a short time due to lack of materials, work has now recommenced at a good rhythm.  ...
Session: 24th session of the Bureau (CONF 202)
Year: 2000
Sites: Historic Cairo
Country: Egypt
The French authorities had informed the Secretariat that the planning for the parvis of the Cathedral had encountered some delay because of the change of the Mayor of the town, but that the matter was now progressing in consultation with the appropriate institutions and authorities.  The ICOMOS expert would be invited to participate in this process. The Bureau recommended the French authorities to proceed with the preparation of the plan for the parvis with the participation of the ICOMOS expert and to keep the Committee informed on its progress and the results ...
Session: 24th session of the Bureau (CONF 202)
Year: 2000
Sites: Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Former Abbey of Saint-Rémi and Palace of Tau, Reims
Country: France
The Bureau noted that it had not received the State Party’s report that was requested by the Bureau at its twenty-third extraordinary session. The Observer of Germany expressed his regret for the delay. The Bureau reiterated the request for a report on the integration of the Roman water pipes and town ramparts in the plan for the buildings close to the Roman Amphitheatre. It requested the German authorities to submit this plan by 15 September 2000 for examination by ICOMOS and by the Bureau at its twenty-fourth extraordinary session. 
Session: 24th session of the Bureau (CONF 202)
Year: 2000
Sites: Roman Monuments, Cathedral of St Peter and Church of Our Lady in Trier
Country: Germany
The Bureau noted the request from the German authorities that the deadline for the submission of a state of conservation report be extended and requested the authorities to submit such report by 15 September 2000 for examination by ICOMOS and by the Committee at its twenty-fourth session.
Session: 24th session of the Bureau (CONF 202)
Year: 2000
Sites: Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin
Country: Germany
The Bureau was informed that since the preparation of the Working Document, the World Heritage Centre had still not received information concerning the structural study being implemented with financial assistance from the World Heritage Fund Emergency Assistance, made available in 1998 to the Archaeological Survey of India. The Centre reported that the Activity Financing Contract for this emergency structural survey has become null and non-disbursed money has been liquidated following UNESCO Administrative Regulations. In February 2000, a reactive monitoring mission was undertaken by an ...
Session: 24th session of the Bureau (CONF 202)
Year: 2000
Sites: Sun Temple, Konârak
Country: India
The Bureau recalled that the 1995 UNESCO Mission recommended that the site be redefined and extended in order to include key characteristics of the Safavid urban planning scheme. The establishment of a site commission had also been recommended by the 1995 Mission for improved co-ordination amongst the concerned departments of the Government for the management and planning of the historic city of Esfahan. The ICCROM/ICOMOS expert who undertook a monitoring mission in December 1999 at the invitation of the Government of Iran, informed the Bureau that the third Five-Year National ...
Session: 24th session of the Bureau (CONF 202)
Year: 2000
Sites: Meidan Emam, Esfahan
Country: Iran (Islamic Republic of)
A monitoring mission was undertaken by an ICCROM/ICOMOS expert in December 1999 at the invitation of the Government of Iran. The Bureau recalled that the site was located in the war zone during the 1980s and suffered from the impact of bombardments. In 1995, a UNESCO mission recommended that a Master Plan of the area be prepared, taking into account the need to enhance site presentation, visitor management, basic infrastructure, and development control in the surrounding settlement areas. The 1995 mission also recommended that legal protection for the site and its buffer zone be ...
Session: 24th session of the Bureau (CONF 202)
Year: 2000
Sites: Tchogha Zanbil
Country: Iran (Islamic Republic of)
The Deputy Director reported on his mission to Jordan at the beginning of May and in particular his visit to Petra where he worked with the representatives of the Antiquities Directorate and the "Petra Regional Planning Council".  He also met with the President of the Petra National Trust that financed the cleaning-up operations and the presentation of the "Siq".  He briefly reported to the Bureau on the situation at the archaeological site and its environmental problems, including the urban expansion in Wadi Musa and the disputes with the inhabitants of the area.  He also ...
Session: 24th session of the Bureau (CONF 202)
Year: 2000
Sites: Petra
Country: Jordan
The Secretariat reported that the conservation and development plan of the Town of Luang Prabang developed under the Luang Prabang-Chinon Decentralized Cooperation Programme was presented to the National Interministerial Commission on Cultural, Historical and Natural Heritage in January 2000 and was approved in principle. However the plan has not yet been officially adopted, hence does not have legal enforcement power. The Secretariat also recalled that despite the repeated requests by the Bureau and the Committee for revision and subsequent enactment by the National Assembly of Laos of ...
Session: 24th session of the Bureau (CONF 202)
Year: 2000
Sites: Town of Luang Prabang
Country: Lao People's Democratic Republic
The demolition and new construction or alterations of historic buildings within Kathmandu Valley have persisted in spite of concerted international and national conservation efforts.  This has resulted in the loss or continuous and gradual deterioration of materials, structure, ornamental features, and architectural coherence making the essential settings of the Monument Zones as well as in their authentic characters.  In view of the above, the Committee, at its twenty-third session, requested a High Level Mission to be undertaken to hold discussions with representatives of HMG ...
Session: 24th session of the Bureau (CONF 202)
Year: 2000
Sites: Kathmandu Valley
Country: Nepal
Following the request of the Bureau at its twenty-third extraordinary session, the World Heritage Centre organized a UNESCO reactive monitoring mission to Lumbini to examine the state of conservation of the Maya Devi Temple archaeological remains and to undertake further consultations with the Nepalese authorities concerning the proposals under consideration for the rehabilitation of the Maya Devi Temple. The Bureau was informed that the UNESCO mission undertaken in April 2000 recommended the following: (a)     The four draft conceptual designs for the construction ...
Session: 24th session of the Bureau (CONF 202)
Year: 2000
Sites: Lumbini, the Birthplace of the Lord Buddha
Country: Nepal
In May 2000, the World Heritage Centre received information from the national authorities that the Department of Archaeology would restore the demolished hydraulic works of Shalamar Gardens, and that the football stadium constructed on Bhir Mound (600 BC – 200 AD) at Taxila would be demolished. The authorities had stated that the south-eastern wall of the stadium had been demolished and that the boundary wall on the remaining sides would also be demolished. The Centre was informed that the “rooms” constructed on the northern side will be utilized for watch and ward staff ...
Session: 24th session of the Bureau (CONF 202)
Year: 2000
Sites: Taxila
Country: Pakistan
The Secretariat informed the Bureau that it had received on 21 June 2000, a brief report from the Polish authorities on the state of affairs for the planning and preservation for the World Heritage site of Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps. This report included the following information: An International Council for Auschwitz and Birkenau Concentration Camps was set up on 29 March 2000 under the chairmanship of an ex-minister for Foreign Affairs and with the participation of both national and international experts and institutions. The Council met for the first time on 7 June 2000 ...
Session: 24th session of the Bureau (CONF 202)
Year: 2000
Sites: Auschwitz Birkenau
German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp (1940-1945)

Country: Poland
The Secretariat informed the Burea that it had received two reports from the Permanent Delegation of Portugal: (1) report of meeting on the marina project (13-14 January 2000, attended by the ICOMOS-designated expert), and (2) a Periodic Report on the State of Angra and its Sea Front (dated 10 April 2000). The Periodic Report provided information on: The adoption of a plan for the Urban Involvement of the Angra Bay; Models developed for the marina dam, its connection to the city and support services; Status of development of the areas along the Bay, including the eighteenth-century ...
Session: 24th session of the Bureau (CONF 202)
Year: 2000
Sites: Central Zone of the Town of Angra do Heroismo in the Azores
Country: Portugal
The Secretariat informed the Bureau that the Permanent Delegation of Portugal had submitted on 5 May 2000, a report concerning the state of conservation of Sintra which was transmitted to IUCN and ICOMOS for review. ICOMOS expressed reservations about the state of conservation of the site and indicated that a joint ICOMOS-IUCN mission would be required. Both IUCN and the Observer of Portugal endorsed this proposal.  The latter informed the Bureau that Sintra, because of its location, 20 km from Lisbon, was under strong pressure (urban development, tourism). The Bureau, therefore, ...
Session: 24th session of the Bureau (CONF 202)
Year: 2000
Sites: Cultural Landscape of Sintra
Country: Portugal
The Secretariat informed the Bureau that it had received a Management Plan for the Stonehenge World Heritage site, prepared under the direction of the Stonehenge World Heritage Site Management Planning Group (comprising national and local organizations) and chaired by an English Heritage Commissioner. ICOMOS congratulated the Government of the United Kingdom for this management plan for what is a very complex site. It recommended that careful evaluation and assessment be undertaken in each stage of the process of implementation. The Delegate of Hungary commended the high quality of the ...
Session: 24th session of the Bureau (CONF 202)
Year: 2000
Sites: Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites
Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
The Bureau was informed of the findings of the UNESCO-Vietnam expert team concerning the impact on the World Heritage values of the site caused by the heavy rainfall and floods of October-December 1999, which was the worst flood recorded since 1886. This technical study co-financed from World Heritage Fund’s emergency assistance, noted the gravity of the erosion, particularly along the left bank of the Perfume River, and the urgent need for riverbank consolidation to mitigate the risks of further damage from future floods. The long-term damage of the monuments and houses from ...
Session: 24th session of the Bureau (CONF 202)
Year: 2000
Sites: Complex of Hué Monuments
Country: Viet Nam
The Bureau took note of the information provided in the working document on the state of conservation of the following properties: NATURAL HERITAGE Comoe National Park (Côte d’Ivoire) Caves of the Aggtelek and Slovak Karst (Hungary/Slovakia) The Delegate of Morocco pointed out that the protection of surface water is important in karst systems. Kaziranga National Park (India) Lorentz National Park (Indonesia) Kamchatka Volcanoes (Russian Federation) Sinharaja Forest Reserve (Sri Lanka) Bwindi Impenetrable Forest (Uganda)  CULTURAL HERITAGE Rock-hewn Churches, Lalibela ...
Session: 24th session of the Bureau (CONF 202)
Year: 2000
Sites: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Caves of Aggtelek Karst and Slovak Karst Chavin (Archaeological Site) City of Cuzco Comoé National Park Kaziranga National Park Lines and Geoglyphs of Nasca and Palpa Lorentz National Park Rock-Hewn Churches, Lalibela Sinharaja Forest Reserve Vilnius Historic Centre Volcanoes of Kamchatka
Country: Côte d'Ivoire Ethiopia Hungary India Indonesia Lithuania Peru Russian Federation Slovakia Sri Lanka Uganda
NATURAL HERITAGE Technical Co-operation   Guinea - Assessment of the State of Conservation of Mt. Nimba Strict Nature Reserve and Institutional Strengthening of the Centre for Environmental Management of Mt. Nimba - US$ 30,000 The Bureau authorized the Chairperson to approve up to an amount of US$ 30,000 for the request described in WHC-2000/CONF.202/12, subject to the Centre and the State Party co-operating to prepare a detailed budget breakdown and to achieve cost-savings for vehicle repairs, fuel costs, and the final report production.   Kenya - Preparation of a ...
Session: 24th session of the Bureau (CONF 202)
Year: 2000
Sites: Historic Centre of Riga Lake Malawi National Park Lake Turkana National Parks Mount Kenya National Park/Natural Forest Rainforests of the Atsinanana State Historical and Cultural Park “Ancient Merv”
Country: Guinea Kenya Latvia Madagascar Malawi Turkmenistan
Property: The Wooden Churches of Maramures Id. N°: 904 State Party: Romania Criteria: C (iv) The Committee inscribed the site on the World Heritage List on the basis of criterion (iv): Criterion (iv): The Maramures wooden churches are outstanding examples of vernacular religious wooden architecture resulting from the interchange of Orthodox religious traditions with Gothic influences in a specific vernacular interpretation of timber construction traditions, showing a high level of artistic maturity and craft skills. It was noted that neighbouring States Parties could consider ...
Session: 24th session of the Bureau (CONF 202)
Year: 2000
Sites: Wooden Churches of Maramureş
Country: Romania