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Niokolo-Koba National Park

Factors affecting the property in 2000*
  • Ground transport infrastructure
  • Illegal activities
  • Land conversion
  • Mining
Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports
  • Road project;
  • Poaching;
  • Management issues
International Assistance: requests for the property until 2000
Requests approved: 5 (from 1982-1991)
Total amount approved : 107,845 USD
Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2000

A report received by IUCN, following a recent visit notes that there exists significant threats from poaching by local subsistence farmers and armed gangs.  The report suggests that there may soon (within five years) be no Derby Elands left, unless urgent measures are taken.  There is also inadequate local capacity to guard and patrol this site against poaching. Gold prospecting is a potential threat that may spread from outside into the Park, the cultivation and clearing of land in the national part is going on and the environmental impacts associated with the main road through the Park.

IUCN reports that Senegal has expressed great concern for the situation in the Park and has reported that earlier this year, a programme was taking place to transfer animals, including the Derby Elands, from the World Heritage site to the Fathala Forest in the Saloum Delta National Park and Biosphere Reserve with the objective to safeguard and repopulate another National Park.  However, IUCN notes that no study was ever carried out to assess the impacts of translocation on the animals or the National Parks.

Decisions adopted by the Committee in 2000
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 notes with concern the reports concerning this site. The Bureau requests the State Party to consider inviting a monitoring mission to this site in 2001.”

Report year: 2000
Date of Inscription: 1981
Category: Natural
Criteria: (x)
Danger List (dates): 2007-present
Documents examined by the Committee
arrow_circle_right 24COM (2000)

* : 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.