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Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve

Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea
Factors affecting the property in 1989*
  • Financial resources
  • Ground transport infrastructure
  • Illegal activities
  • Management systems/ management plan
  • Mining
Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports

Lack of Management Plan; Lack of funding; Poaching; New railway; Mining

International Assistance: requests for the property until 1989
Requests approved: 7 (from 1981-1989)
Total amount approved : 147,882 USD
1989 Purchase of an all terrain vehicle for Mount Nimba (Approved)   20,000 USD
1988 Consultancy mission and meeting for preparing ... (Approved)   15,000 USD
1986 Equipment for Mount Nimba Reserve (Approved)   6,500 USD
1983 Financial contribution to a seminar/workshop on the ... (Approved)   22,000 USD
1983 Consultant services to prepare requests for technical ... (Approved)   6,082 USD
1982 Financial contribution to a tripartite meeting (Guinea, ... (Approved)   8,000 USD
1981 Equipment for Mount Nimba (Approved)   70,300 USD
Missions to the property until 1989**

November 1988

Information presented to the Bureau of the World Heritage Committee in 1989

There is still some uncertainty regarding the commencement of a World Bank-financed iron ore mine project in the Guinean section of the site. IUCN has had no replies to its letters of concern to the relevant authorities. A Unesco mission in October/November 1988 has reviewed the management of the site and impacts of the adjacent mine in Liberia. The Committee should register their concerns with the World Bank over further damage to this site.

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 1989

IUCN reported to the Bureau that there is still some uncertainty regarding the commencement of a World Bank-financed iron ore mine project in the Guinean section of the site. IUCN has had no replies to its letters of concern to the relevant authorities.

The Bureau noted that the preparatory assistance mission to this site in November 1988 had resulted in the elaboration of a two-year Unesco/UNDP project on evaluating the impact of iron-ore extraction on the natural values of the site and elaborating an integrated management plan which would improve protective measures and encourage socio-economic development of the transition zone.

The Bureau nevertheless wished to express its concern about further damage to this site and suggested that this concern be communicated to the World Bank.

 

Decisions adopted by the Committee in 1989
13 BUR IV.B.8
Mount Nimba (Côte d'Ivoire / Guinea)

The Bureau noted that the preparatory assistance mission to this site in November 1988 had resulted in the elaboration of a two-year Unesco/UNDP project on evaluating the impact of iron-ore extraction on the natural values of the site and elaborating an integrated management plan which would improve protective measures and encourage socio-economic development of the transition zone. The Bureau nevertheless wished to express its concern about further damage to this site and suggested that this concern be communicated to the World Bank.

13 COM VIII.16
SOC: Mount Nimba (Côte d'Ivoire/Guinea)

Mount Nimba (Côte d'Ivoire/Guinea)

The Committee noted the decision of the World Bank not to provide funds to Guinea for proposed iron-ore mining which would prejudice this site. It noted that this decision was made on economic grounds. The Committee requested the Secretariat to contact the authorities of the Cdte d'Ivoire and Guinea on this matter to encourage them to take the concerns of the Committee into consideration and preserve the integrity of the site.

No draft Decision

Report year: 1989
Côte d'Ivoire Guinea
Date of Inscription: 1981
Category: Natural
Criteria: (ix)(x)
Danger List (dates): 1992-present
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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