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Comoé National Park

Côte d'Ivoire
Factors affecting the property in 2000*
  • Illegal activities
  • Management systems/ management plan
Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports

Poaching to the wildlife of this site 

International Assistance: requests for the property until 2000
Requests approved: 3 (from 1988-1999)
Total amount approved : 97,000 USD
Missions to the property until 2000**
Information presented to the Bureau of the World Heritage Committee in 2000

Previous deliberations:
Twenty-third session of the Committee – paragraph X. 24, and page 46, (under “1.Africa(d).II”)

New information: Activities financed by the US$50,000 approved by the twenty-third session of the Committee (Marrakesh, 1999) are currently under implementation. The delivery of equipment, including vehicles, is in progress. Baseline studies on biodiversity status and measures to mitigate the threats of poaching and population encroachment around the site are expected to begin soon. The Centre is in contact with the State Party to determine a suitable time and the Terms of Reference for a mission, as recommended by the twenty-third extraordinary session of the Bureau (Marrakesh, 1999), to review prevailing threats to the integrity of the site and plan emergency rehabilitation measures. The Centre for Ecological Research (CER), authorised by the Government as the institution responsible for environmental research in the country, had proposed in 1999 that the site be inscribed in the List of World Heritage in Danger. CER has reiterated that the conditions for inscribing the site on the World Heritage List in Danger continue to prevail.

The Centre and IUCN will continue their dialogue with the State Party to organise a field mission to the site and submit to the twenty-fourth session of the Committee a detailed state of conservation report and corrective measures for mitigating threats to the site to enable the Committee to consider including Comoe National Park in the List of World Heritage in Danger.

Action Required

Note: this report was presented to the Bureau for noting only.

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2000

The State Party is in the process of implementing International Assistance provided under Technical Co-operation by the twenty–third session of the World Heritage Committee amounting to US$50,000 for the organisation of two national seminars for local authorities on poaching problems in the site, for elaboration of a management plan and a community micro-project.  In a letter dated 1 September 2000, the State Party informed the Centre that two computers provided under the project have been received and are in the process of clearing a vehicle also provided under the project from the port.  The Secretariat has not received an invitation from the State Party for a mission to review threats to the integrity of the site.  The State Party submitted a report in July in response to a questionnaire prepared by the Centre under the Periodic Reporting exercise for Africa on the state of conservation of Comoe National Park which highlights the problems to be addressed by the project.



Decisions adopted by the Committee in 2000
24 BUR IV.B.78
State of conservation

The Bureau took note of the information provided in the working document on the state of conservation of the following properties:


Comoe National Park (Côte d’Ivoire)

Caves of the Aggtelek and Slovak Karst (Hungary/Slovakia)

The Delegate of Morocco pointed out that the protection of surface water is important in karst systems.

Kaziranga National Park (India)

Lorentz National Park (Indonesia)

Kamchatka Volcanoes (Russian Federation)

Sinharaja Forest Reserve (Sri Lanka)

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest (Uganda) 


Rock-hewn Churches, Lalibela (Ethiopia)

Vilnius Historic Centre (Lithuania)

City of Cuzco (Peru)

Chavin (Archaeological Site) (Peru)

Lines and Geoglyphs of Nasca and Pampas de Jumana (Peru)

24 COM VIII.iii
State of conservation reports of natural properties noted by the Committee

 State of conservation reports of natural properties noted by the Committee

Belovezhskaya Pushcha/Bialowieza Forest (Belarus/Poland)

Pirin National Park (Bulgaria)

Dja Faunal Reserve (Cameroon)

Gros Morne National Park (Canada)

Canadian Rocky Mountains Parks (Canada)

Comoe National Park (Côte d'Ivoire)

Galapagos Islands (Ecuador)

Komodo National Park (Indonesia)

Lorenz National Park (Indonesia)

Mount Kenya National Park/Natural Forest (Kenya)

Te Wahipounamu - South West New Zealand (New Zealand)

Arabian Oryx Sanctuary (Oman)

Huascarán National Park (Peru)

Danube Delta (Romania)

Lake Baikal (Russian Federation)

Niokolo-Koba National Park (Senegal)

Doñana National Park (Spain)

Sinharaja Forest Reserve (Sri Lanka)

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest (Uganda)

Gough Island (United Kingdom)

Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the Serengeti National Park (United Republic of Tanzania)

Ha Long Bay (Vietnam)

Mosi-oa-Tunya/Victoria Falls (Zambia/Zimbabwe)

The Bureau may wish to adopt the following decision and transmit it to the Committee for noting:

 “The Bureau wishes to give additional time to the State Party to enable it to complete the implementation of the International Assistance provided. The Bureau requests the Centre and IUCN to co-operate with the State Party with a view to undertaking the mission requested by the twenty-third session of the Committee, and requests the State Party to provide the detailed state of conservation report and corrective measures for mitigating threats to the site on or before 15 September 2001 to be considered by the twenty-fifth session of the Committee.”



Report year: 2000
Côte d'Ivoire
Date of Inscription: 1983
Category: Natural
Criteria: (ix)(x)
Danger List (dates): 2003-2017

* : 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.