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Manovo-Gounda St Floris National Park

Central African Republic
Factors affecting the property in 1992*
  • Illegal activities
  • Management systems/ management plan
Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports

Heavy poaching

International Assistance: requests for the property until 1992
Requests approved: 0
Total amount approved : 0 USD
Missions to the property until 1992**
Information presented to the Bureau of the World Heritage Committee in 1992

The President of this State Party, by letter of 26 February 1992 addressed to the Director-General of the UNESCO, indicated his intention to constitute this site as a 'free ecological zone' and concede its management to an International Consultant Agency based in Paris, France. The proposal has been transmitted to IUCN for, review. The Bureau is to receive a report on this matter.

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 1992

The Bureau recalled that when this site was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1988, several members of the Committee had registered their reservations as to its state of conservation and several threats to its integrity. The Bureau was concerned that despite assurances given to the Committee at the time of its inscription and the US$27 million EEC (European Economic Community) project in the region, the deterioration of the property had continued and this site still does not have a management plan.

The Bureau took note of the intention of the President of the Central African Republic to transfer the management of the site to a private foundation, and of the invitation made to UNESCO to participate, as a scientific body, in the management of the site by this foundation. The Bureau requested the World Heritage Centre, together with IUCN, to study this proposal and undertake a detailed analysis of the implications of the transfer of management of the site to a private organization.

The Bureau requested the World Heritage Centre to contact the State Party to know whether the national authorities would invite an expert mission to review the state of conservation of this Park and assess the proposal to lease its management to a private organization. The Bureau emphasized that such a mission should build upon the recent project audit carried out by the EEC and present recommendations on the future viability and management of this site.

A representative of IUCN will provide an analysis of the implications of the transfer of management of the site to a private foundation. The Centre is in contact with the authorities of the Central African Republic in UNESCO and will report, at the time of the Committee meeting, on the possibility for sending an expert mission to review the state of conservation of this site and assess the proposal to lease its management to a private organization.

 

[Report complemented by an oral report by IUCN and the Secretariat during the Committee session]

 

Decisions adopted by the Committee in 1992
16 BUR V.18
Manovo-Gounda Saint Floris National Park (Central African Republic)

The Bureau recalled that when this site was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1988, several members of the Committee had registered their reservations as to its state of conservation and several threats to its integrity. The Bureau was concerned that despite assurances given to the Committee at the time of its inscription and the US$27 million EEC project in the region, the deterioration of the property had continued and this site still does not have a management plan. The Bureau took note of the intention of the President of the Central African Republic to transfer the management of the site to a private foundation and of the invitation made to UNESCO to participate, as a scientific body, in the management of the site by this foundation. The Bureau requested the World Heritage Centre to study this proposal, together with IUCN, and undertake a detailed analysis of the implications of the transfer of management of the site to a private foundation. The Bureau requested the World Heritage Centre to contact the State Party to know whether the national authorities would invite an expert mission to review the state of conservation of this Park and assess the proposal to lease its management to a private organization. The Bureau emphasized that such a mission should build upon the recent project audit carried out by the EEC and present recommendations on the future viability and management of this site.

16 COM VIII
SOC: Manovo-Gounda Saint Floris (Central African Republic)

Manovo-Gounda Saint Floris (Central African Republic)

The Committee recalled that when this site was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1988, several members of the Committee had registered their reservations as to its state of conservation and several threats to its integrity. Despite assurances given to the Committee at the time of its inscription and the US$27 million EEC (European Economic Community) project which had been implemented in the region, the deterioration of the property had continued and this site still does not have a management plan. The Committee was informed of the intention of the President of the Central African Republic to transfer the management of the site to a private foundation, and of the invitation made to UNESCO to participate, as a scientific body, in the management of the site by this foundation.

The Committee was satisfied that the State Secretary to the Ministry of Scientific Research and Technology has, in accordance with the recommendations of the Bureau made at its last session held in Paris in July 1992, invited a mission to review the state of conservation of the Park and evaluate the proposal to transfer the management of this site to a private organization. The Committee requested the Centre to organize such a mission, building upon a recent project audit carried out by the EEC. The Committee recommended that the proposal to transfer the management of this site to a private organization be evaluated, particularly in relation to the implications it would have to:

(a) the protection of the site;
(b) participation of local people in the management of the site; and
(c) the social and economic impact the setting up of a private management regime will bring to the region and the nation.

The Committee requested the Centre to submit the findings of this mission and an evaluation of the proposed transfer of management to the seventeenth session of the Bureau.

No draft Decision

Report year: 1992
Central African Republic
Date of Inscription: 1988
Category: Natural
Criteria: (ix)(x)
Danger List (dates): 1997-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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