Removal of Niokolo-Koba National Park from the List of World Heritage in Danger
Created in 1954, the park was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1981 under criterion (x) for its rich fauna, its unique ecosystems, and its remarkable diversity of wildlife. However, in 2007, various ecosystem disturbances led to its inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger.
In order to respond to these disruptions, new park agents were recruited, but the latter require training in the use of recent ecological monitoring tools. In addition, the lack of statistically reliable data on some emblematic species and the absence of hydraulic infrastructures at a number of guard posts represent important issues to address in order to ensure the implementation of the recommended corrective measures.
This project is part of the efforts made by the State of Senegal, with the support of UNESCO and its partners, to carry out activities that contribute to the removal of the Niokolo-Koba National Park from the List of World Heritage Sites in Danger.
The overall objective of this project will therefore be to support the Implementation of the DSCOR and update the ecological monitoring system in order to restore the Niokolo-Koba National Park to a better state of conservation. This will be done by strengthening the capacities of the agents in terms of wildlife monitoring, strengthening the ecological monitoring programme of emblematic species, by contributing to the restoration of the ecological functions of several ponds, and supplying water to the guard posts.
Main activitiesTo achieve these goals, the following activities will be implemented:
- A training workshop on data collection tools for wildlife monitoring for a maximum of 10 park officers, in particular those responsible for ecological monitoring, and a few heads of post.
- The implementation of a monitoring system covering three targeted species (African Wild Dog, hartebeest and elephant) which would enable field data to be collected using the tools previously studied.
- Support for the acquisition of equipment that would enable the compilation of all the data collected within the framework of this project.
- Support to the construction of boreholes to provide water supply for three guard posts.
State Party (Direction de Parcs Nationaux) and a technical partner [to be identified]
This project is made possible thanks to the financial support of
the Norwegian government.