1.         Sangay National Park (Ecuador) (N 260)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1983

Criteria  (vii)(viii)(ix)(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/260/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0 (from 1985-1985)
Total amount approved: USD 30,000
For details, see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/260/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds


Previous monitoring missions

March 1989: IUCN

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Proposed reduction of the boundaries; Colonization pressure

Illustrative material  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/260/

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 1991

In August 1991, IUCN informed the Secretariat of a proposal for a road construction project in this site and requested the Secretariat to obtain information on the proposal from the Ecuadorean authorities. The Secretariat transmitted the information provided by IUCN to the Ecuadorean authorities by letter of 21 August 1991. In a reply dated 17 October 1991 the Ecuadorean authorities informed the Secretariat that:

a)  there is a proposal to construct a road, 8 km of which would traverse the extreme south of the Park;

b)  no environmental impact study of this road construction project has so far been undertaken, and

c)  the Sub-Secretariat on Forestry, Natural Resources and  the Management of Natural Heritage and Protected Areas of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock has requested the Ministry of Public Works to halt all construction activities until such time as the necessary impact studies have been completed. The letter from the Ecuadorean authorities has been transmitted to IUCN.


Analysis and Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre and IUCN


Decision Adopted: 15 COM VIII

Sangay National Park (Ecuador)

The Committee was satisfied to note that the Secretariat, based upon the information provided by IUCN, had sought clarification on the construction of an eight-kilometre highway through this Park. The Committee was pleased to note that the Sub-Secretariat of Forestry and Natural Resources in Ecuador had been able to halt the construction of this road until environmental impact studies are completed. The Committee complimented the Ecuadorean authorities for taking timely action and requested the Secretariat to remind them of the. possibilities for obtaining technical assistance for the Park from the World Heritage Fund.