1.         Comoé National Park (Côte d'Ivoire) (N 227)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1983

Criteria  (ix)(x)

Year(s) of inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger  N/A

Previous Committee Decisions  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/227/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0 (from 1988-1999)
Total amount approved: USD 97,000
For details, see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/227/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds


Previous monitoring missions


Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Poaching to the wildlife of this site 

Illustrative material  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/227/

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.



Analysis and Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre and IUCN


Decision Adopted: 24 BUR IV.B.78

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)

Decision Adopted: 24 COM VIII.iii

 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)