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Niokolo-Koba National Park

Factors affecting the property in 1990*
  • Ground transport infrastructure
  • Illegal activities
  • Management systems/ management plan
Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports

Road project; Poaching; Management issues

International Assistance: requests for the property until 1990
Requests approved: 4 (from 1982-1990)
Total amount approved : 62,845 USD
Missions to the property until 1990**
Information presented to the Bureau of the World Heritage Committee in 1990

Following the Commit ee's request, the Secretariat has again contacted the Senegalese authorities to remind them of their responsibility to maintain the integrity of the site and offering the Committee's cooperation to find a suitable solution. The Senegalese authorities have since passed a decree creating a national technical committee to undertake a study of the Dialakoto-Kedougou route. The Secretariat has also requested IUCN to continue to work with the Senegalese authorities and to report to the Bureau on the terms of reference of the technical committee, its membership and the timetable of its work.

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 1990

Following the recommendation made by the Bureau at its fourteenth session in June 1990, Unesco and IUCN representatives participated at several meetings organized by the Senegalese authorities in Dakar, to launch the comparative ecological and socio-economic study of the proposed route across this Park and the alternative route to the north outside the Park boundaries. This study is expected to cost US $ 38,000 of which US $ 20,000 has been requested from the World Heritage Fund in order to meet part of the expenses of consultants who will undertake this study. This request has been approved by the Chairman of the World Heritage Committee. IUCN would provide $ 10,000 and the World Bank $ 8,000. It is expected that this study will take place in September/October/November 1990 and that the results will be communicated to the Committee.

Decisions adopted by the Committee in 1990
14 BUR IV.A.28
Niokolo-Koba National Park (Senegal)

The Bureau recalled that during 1989, both the Bureau and the Committee had expressed concern regarding the proposed construction of a major highway, based on an existing track, across the park, which could greatly jeopardize its natural values. Following the Committee session in December, President Diouf of Senegal had written to the Director-General of Unesco assuring Senegal's commitment to safeguarding the natural heritage of this site. The representative of Senegal informed the Bureau that since President Diouf's letter, a decree had been promulgated creating a technical committee which would undertake a comparative ecological and socio-economic study of the proposed route across the park and of the alternative route to the north outside the park boundaries (which had been recently marked out by the national park service). The terms of reference and the list of members of this technical committee had been drawn up. The Bureau welcomed the invitation of the representative of Senegal that Unesco and IUCN should send representatives to a meeting in July 1990 in Dakar to launch the comparative study. The Bureau requested that the Unesco and IUCN representatives at this meeting ensure that the Committee's concerns were taken into account and eventually help identify potential funding sources for the additional costs of the route outside the park.

SOC: Niokola-Koba National Park (Senegal)

Niokola-Koba National Park (Senegal)

The Committee noted with satisfaction that, in response to the concerns expressed by the Bureau, a comparative environmental impact study of the two road project proposals (through and north of the Park) had been conducted with the financial support of the World Heritage Fund. The study had only just been completed and its results were not yet available for submission to the Committee. The Secretariat will transmit the results to the Bureau at its next session.

No draft Decision

Report year: 1990
Date of Inscription: 1981
Category: Natural
Criteria: (x)
Danger List (dates): 2007-present

* : 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.