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Comoé National Park

Côte d'Ivoire
Factors affecting the property in 2004*
  • Civil unrest
  • Illegal activities
  • Livestock farming / grazing of domesticated animals
  • Other Threats:

    Fire

Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports
  • Agriculture Pressure, Poaching/Hunting;
  • Lack of human or financial resources;
  • Armed conflict, Civil unrest, Looting/Theft;
  • Fundamental change/diminuition of protection
Corrective Measures for the property

 

International Assistance: requests for the property until 2004
Requests approved: 3 (from 1988-1999)
Total amount approved : 97,000 USD
Missions to the property until 2004**
Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2004

At its 27th session, the Committee decided to inscribe the Comoé National Park on the List of World Heritage in Danger following a report by the State Party on the impact of the outbreak of civil unrest in the country on the property and requested IUCN and the Centre to carry out a mission as soon as the security situation permitted, in order to review the state of conservation of the property and to develop an emergency rehabilitation plan, which would include benchmarks and timeframes for removing the property from the List of World Heritage in Danger.

The Centre received a letter from the State Minister of Environment dated 20 February 2004 in which the Government of Côte d'Ivoire invites the Centre and IUCN to undertake a mission to both Comoé and Tai National Park. To date, it was not possible to field this mission given the fact that the UN Security Coordinator advised the Centre that all non-essential travel to Côte d'Ivoire should be avoided because of the prevailing security situation in the country.

Decisions adopted by the Committee in 2004
28 COM 15A.2
Comoé National Park (Côte d'Ivoire)

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Reiterates its concern about the continuing insecurity in Côte d'Ivoire and its potential impact on Comoé National Park;

2. Requests the State Party to submit by 1 February 2005, a report on the state of conservation of the property and the impacts of the conflict on the integrity of the property and its World Heritage values for examination by the Committee at its 29th session in 2005;

3. Thanks the State Party for inviting the joint World Heritage Centre/IUCN mission and recommends that the mission to the property take place as soon as the security situation permits. It should review the state of conservation of the property and develop an emergency rehabilitation plan that would include benchmarks for removing the property from the List of World Heritage in danger as requested at the 27th session;

4. Decides to retain Comoé National Park on the List of World Heritage in Danger.

28 COM 15B.3
Taï National Park (Côte d' Ivoire)

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Expresses its appreciation to the State Party for its invitation to receive a monitoring mission to Taï and Comoe National Parks and notes that the World Heritage Centre and IUCN are prepared to carry out that mission as soon as the security situation permits;

2. Requests the State Party to cooperate with IUCN and the World Heritage Centre to ensure that all necessary support is provided for a successful mission as soon as possible.

28 COM 15C.2
List of World Heritage in Danger

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Following examination of state of conservation reports of properties on the List of World Heritage in Danger (WHC-04/28.COM/15A Rev),

2. Decides to maintain the following properties on the List of World Heritage in Danger:

  • Minaret and Archaeological Remains of Jam, Afghanistan (Decision 28 COM 15A.21)
  • Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley, Afghanistan (Decision 28 COM 15A.22)
  • Butrint, Albania (Decision 28 COM 15A.28)
  • Tipasa, Algeria (Decision 28 COM 15A.16)
  • Walled City of Baku with the Shirvanshah's Palace and Maiden Tower, Azerbaijan (Decision 28 COM 15A.29)
  • Royal Palaces of Abomey, Benin (Decision 28 COM 15A.14)
  • Manovo-Gounda St Floris National Park, Central African Republic (Decision 28 COM 15A.1)
  • Comoé National Park, Côte d'Ivoire (Decision 28 COM 15A.2 )
  • Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve, Côte d'Ivoire/Guinea (Decision 28 COM 15A.5)
  • Okapi Wildlife Reserve, Democratic Rep. of the Congo (Decision 28 COM 15A.3)
  • Kahuzi-Biega National Park, Democratic Rep. of the Congo (Decision 28 COM 15A.3)
  • Virunga National Park, Democratic Rep. of the Congo (Decision 28 COM 15A.3)
  • Garamba National Park, Democratic Rep. of the Congo (Decision 28 COM 15A.3)
  • Salonga National Park, Democratic Rep. of the Congo (Decision 28 COM 15A.3)
  • Sangay National Park, Ecuador (Decision 28 COM 15A.12)
  • Abu Mena, Egypt (Decision 28 COM 15A.17)
  • Simien National Park, Ethiopia
  • (Decision 28 COM 15A.4)
  • Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve, Honduras (Decision 28 COM 15A.13)
  • Group of Monuments at Hampi, India (Decision 28 COM 15A.24)
  • Manas Wildlife Sanctuary, India (Decision 28 COM 15A.10)
  • Ashur (Qal'at Sherqat), Iraq (Decision 28 COM 15A.18)
  • Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls, Jerusalem (Decision 28 COM 15A.31)
  • Timbuktu, Mali (Decision 28 COM 15A. 15)
  • Kathmandu Valley, Nepal (Decision 28 COM 15A.25)
  • Air and Ténéré Natural Reserves, Niger (Decision 28 COM 15A.6)
  • Fort and Shalamar Gardens in Lahore, Pakistan (Decision 28 COM 15A.26)
  • Chan Chan Archaelogical Zone, Peru (Decision 28 COM 15A.30)
  • Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras, Philippines (Decision 28 COM 15A.27)
  • Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary, Senegal (Decision 28 COM 15A.7 )
  • Ichkeul National Park, Tunisia (Decision 28 COM 15A.9)
  • Everglades National Park, United States of America (Decision 28 COM 15A.11)
  • Historic Town of Zabid, Yemen (Decision 28 COM 15A.20)

Draft Decision28 COM 15A.2

The World Heritage Committee,

1.   Reiterates its concern about the continuing insecurity in Côte d'Ivoire and its potential impact on Comoé National Park;

2.   Requests the State Party to submit by 1 February 2005, a report on the state of conservation of the property and the impacts of the conflict on the integrity of the property and its World Heritage values for examination by the Committee at its 29thsession in 2005;

3.   Thanks the State Party for inviting the IUCN/UNESCO mission and recommends that IUCN and the Centre undertake the mission as soon as the security situation permits;

4.   Decides to retain Comoé National Park on the List of World Heritage in Danger.

Report year: 2004
Côte d'Ivoire
Date of Inscription: 1983
Category: Natural
Criteria: (ix)(x)
Danger List (dates): 2003-2017
Documents examined by the Committee
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Exports

* : 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.


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