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Talamanca Range-La Amistad Reserves / La Amistad National Park

Costa Rica, Panama
Factors affecting the property in 1997*
  • Management systems/ management plan
Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports
  • Possible oil exploitation (issue resolved);
  • Road construction proposal (issue resolved);
  • Need to review the boundaries. 
International Assistance: requests for the property until 1997
Requests approved: 9 (from 1982-1997)
Total amount approved : 276,350 USD
Missions to the property until 1997**
Information presented to the Bureau of the World Heritage Committee in 1997
The Bureau recalled that the Committee, in 1990 (Banff, Canada) encouraged the Costa Rican authorities to better define the boundaries of the World Heritage site of Talamanca Range-La Amistad Reserves. The Costa Rican authorities, facilitated by IUCN's Office in San Jose, have defined a 363,045 ha area for the World Heritage site within Costa Rica. A map of the area has been transmitted to the Centre via IUCN. The total area of 363,045 ha comprises five contiguous, and two nearby protected areas. Together with the 207,000 ha of the La Amistad National Park of Panama, this transborder World Heritage site now covers 570,045 ha. IUCN has noted that the increase in the Costa Rican, Talamanca Range-La Amistad Reserves is small, i.e. from 358,420 ha to 363,045 ha or about 1.3%, and suggested that the Committee approve this extension without requiring Costa Rica to submit a new nomination.

The Bureau approved the modified boundaries of the Talamanca Range-La Amistad Reserves of Costa Rica (363,045 ha) and the transborder World Heritage site (570,045 ha) and commended the Costa Rican authorities for consolidating their portion of the World Heritage site.

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 1997

The Bureau may recall that the Committee, in 1990 (Banff, Canada) encouraged the Costa Rican authorities to better define the boundaries of the World Heritage site of Talamanca Range-La Amistad Reserves. The Costa Rican authorities, facilitated by IUCN's Office in San Jose, have defined a 363,045 ha area for the World Heritage site within Costa Rica. A map of the area has been transmitted to the Centre via IUCN. The total area of 363,045 ha comprises five contiguous, and two nearby protected areas. Together with the 207,000 ha of the La Amistad National Park of Panama, this trans-border World Heritage site now covers 570,045 ha. IUCN has noted that the increase in the Costa Rican, Talamanca Range-La Amistad Reserves is small, i.e. from 358,420 ha to 363,045 ha or about 1.3%, and suggested that the Committee approve this extension without requiring Costa Rica to submit a new nomination.

Decisions adopted by the Committee in 1997
21 COM VII.C.41
Reports on the State of Conservation of Natural Properties Noted by the Committee

VII.41 The Committee noted the decisions of the twenty-first extraordinary session of the Bureau as reflected in the Report of the Bureau session (Working Document WHC-97/CONF.208/4B Section III.A.c), on the following natural properties:

  • Great Barrier Reef (Australia)
  • Belovezhskaya Pushcha/Bialowieza Forest (Belarus/Poland)
  • Talamanca Range-La Amistad Reserves/La Amistad National Park (Costa Rica/Panama)
  • Shirakami Sanchi and Yakushima Island (Japan)
  • Whale Sanctuary of El Viscaino (Mexico)
  • Arabian Oryx Sanctuary (Oman)
  • Lake Baikal (Russian Federation)
  • Virgin Komi Forests (Russian Federation)
  • Ha Long Bay (Vietnam)
  • Durmitor National Park (Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro)).

The Bureau may wish to transmit the above report to the Committee for examination and recommend the following for adoption:

"The Committee approves the modified boundaries of the Talamanca Range-La Amistad Reserves of Costa Rica (363,045 ha) and the trans-border World Heritage site (570,045 ha) and commends the Costa Rican authorities for consolidating their portion of the World Heritage site."

Report year: 1997
Costa Rica Panama
Date of Inscription: 1983
Category: Natural
Criteria: (vii)(viii)(ix)(x)
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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