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Dinosaur Provincial Park

Factors affecting the property in 1992*
  • Management systems/ management plan
  • Oil and gas
Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports

Gas exploitation (issue resolved); Need for an increase of the park boundaries

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

At its last session the Committee noted that IUCN agreed, in principle, to deleting 1,415 acres of privately-owned land comprising natural gas deposits from this site and including 1,478 acres of higher geological value, and that the technology used to drill gas wells had low impacts. However, the Committee pointed out that it would be concerned if the drilling extended to areas within the World Heritage site and requested IUCN to evaluate maps, submitted by Canada, showing locations of the drilling sites. These observations of the Committee were transmitted to the Canadian authorities by the Secretariat in a letter dated 4 February 1992. In their reply of 9 April 1992 the Canadian authorities have informed the Secretariat that the maps submitted at the last session of the Committee were not official and that they will provide official documents to the Secretariat and IUCN during April-May 1992. IUCN will evaluate these maps and report on the locations of drilling sites vis-a-vis the revised boundary of the Park at the time of the meeting of the Bureau.

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 1992

The World Heritage Centre has informed the Canadian authorities that the Bureau recommended the Committee to register the report and the map provided by them as a description of the revised boundaries of the Dinosaur Provincial Park. 

Decisions adopted by the Committee in 1992
16 BUR V.16
Dinosaur Provincial Park (Canada)

The Bureau was in agreement with the proposal of the Canadian authorities to delete 423 hectares, where petroleum and natural gas exploration will take place, and add 2,133 hectares of significantly higher conservation value to this site. In effect, the proposed modification of the boundaries of the site has resulted in a net gain of about 1,700 hectares in the total area of this Park. The Bureau recommended that the Committee register the report and the map provided by the Canadian authorities describing the revised boundaries of this World Heritage site.

16 COM VIII.12
State of Conservation of 3 Properties and Revised Boundaries of Dinosaur Provincial Park (Canada)

VIII.12 The Committee decided to register the report and the map provided by the Canadian authorities as a description of the revised boundaries of the Dinosaur Provincial Park (Canada). The Committee expressed satisfaction on the progress in the implementation of the rehabilitation project in the Simien National Park (Ethiopia) for which the Committee approved US$50,000 at its last session. In the case of Iguazu National Park (Argentina), Iguazu National Park (Brazil) and Wood Buffalo National Park (Canada), the Committee requested the Centre to submit progress on their state of conservaiton to the Bureau scheduled to meet in mid-1993 at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris.

No draft Decision

Report year: 1992
Date of Inscription: 1979
Category: Natural
Criteria: (vii)(viii)

* : 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.