1.         Arabian Oryx Sanctuary (Oman) (N 654)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1994

Criteria  (x)

Year(s) of inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger  N/A

Previous Committee Decisions  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/654/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0 (from 1994-2003)
Total amount approved: USD 95,000
For details, see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/654/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds


Previous monitoring missions


Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Illustrative material  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/654/

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.

Analysis and Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre and IUCN


Decision Adopted: 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.