Virgin Komi Forests
Factors affecting the property in 1997*
International Assistance: requests for the property until 1997
Total amount approved : 0 USD
Missions to the property until 1997**
Information presented to the Bureau of the World Heritage Committee in 1997
The Bureau expressed its serious concern about the proposed gold mining project in the World Heritage site and requests the Russian authorities to provide, before 1 May 1998, detailed information on the proposal, including any environmental impact studies that may have been carried out.
Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 1997
The Centre has received information concerning a proposal of the mining company "Terra" to exploit a gold mine at the Kozhim River Basin (Yugyd Va Nature Park). This proposed mining project poses a significant threat to the integrity of the World Heritage site. The information on the mining project obtained from an NGO (i.e. Greenpeace, Russia) has been transmitted to the Permanent Delegation of Russia to UNESCO, and IUCN for review and comments.
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 adopt the following text and transmit it to the Committee for noting:
"The Bureau expresses its serious concern about the proposed gold mining project in the World Heritage site and requests the Russian authorities to provide, before 1May 1998, detailed information on the proposal, including any environmental impact studies that may have been carried out."
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”).