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Arabian Oryx Sanctuary

Oman
Factors affecting the property in 2004*
  • Illegal activities
  • Livestock farming / grazing of domesticated animals
  • Management systems/ management plan
  • Oil and gas
International Assistance: requests for the property until 2004
Requests approved: 3 (from 1994-2003)
Total amount approved : 95,000 USD
Missions to the property until 2004**
Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2004

The World Heritage Committee, at its 27th session, approved an International Assistance request (US$40,000) for the “Organization of a training course on management issues for the existing staff and rangers to increase their capacity for the management of the World Natural Heritage property of the Arabian Oryx Sanctuary”. An Activity Financing Contract has been established by the Centre with the Ministry of Regional Municipalities, Environment and Water Resources and the dates for the course have been set from 11 to 15 September 2004.

 

In 2000 a report by IUCN mentioned that a management plan had been prepared by the State Party with revised boundaries and clearly identified management zones. The World Heritage Committee, at its 24th session, requested the State Party to finalize and adopt this management plan and submit a copy to the World Heritage Centre, including the proposed redefinition of the boundaries of the World Heritage property and of the buffer zones, for examination by the Committee. Such redefinition appeared all the more urgent taking into account the proposed oil exploitation schemes in the area. The Director of the World Heritage Centre, moreover, visited the State Party in December 2003 and reiterated such requests to the Ministry of Regional Municipalities, Environment and Water Resources. At the time of the preparation of this report, however, the World Heritage Centre had not received the above-mentioned documentation.

Decisions adopted by the Committee in 2004
28 COM 15B.8
Arabian Oryx Sanctuary (Oman)

The World Heritage Committee, 1. Requests the State Party to submit, by 1 February 2005, the new Management Plan for the property including a detailed topographic map showing the new proposed delimitation of the core and buffer zones of the World Heritage property, for examination by the Committee at its 29th session in 2005.

Draft Decision:28 COM 15B.8

 The World Heritage Committee,

 1.  Requests the State Party to submit, by 1 February 2005, the new Management Plan for the property including a detailed topographic map showing the new proposed delimitation of the core and buffer zones of the World Heritage property, for examination by the Committee at its 29th session in 2005.

 

Report year: 2004
Oman
Date of Inscription: 1994
Category: Natural
Criteria: (x)
Documents examined by the Committee
arrow_circle_right 28COM (2004)
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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