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Sangay National Park

Ecuador
Factors affecting the property in 2001*
  • Ground transport infrastructure
  • Identity, social cohesion, changes in local population and community
  • Illegal activities
  • Land conversion
  • Livestock farming / grazing of domesticated animals
  • Management systems/ management plan
Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports
  • heavy poaching of wildlife,
  • illegal livestock grazing,
  • encroachment along the Park's perimeter,
  • unplanned road construction.
International Assistance: requests for the property until 2001
Requests approved: 2 (from 1985-1993)
Total amount approved : 58,500 USD
1993 Equipement for Sangay National Park (Approved)   28,500 USD
1985 Public awareness programmes for local communities and ... (Approved)   30,000 USD
Information presented to the Bureau of the World Heritage Committee in 2001

Previous deliberations:
Twenty-fourth session of the Committee – paragraph VIII.7
Twenty-fourth ordinary session of the Bureau - paragraph IV.6

New information: Following the recommendation of the Committee made at its last session (Cairns, Australia, November - December 2000), Sangay National Park has been included as one of the ten pilot sites in a UNESCO/IUCN/UNF-UNFIP Project entitled: "Enhancing our heritage: monitoring and managing for success in World Natural Heritage sites". The 4-year project financed at a total cost of US$ 2 million by UNF-UNFIP will elaborate and test a monitoring regime for Sangay with indicators and benchmarks, including those that could signal the timing of the removal of the site from the List of World Heritage in Danger. This project will also promote and assess implementation of recommendations from the UNESCO/IUCN mission to this site.  Project activities specific to Sangay and two other Latin American pilot sites will commence in the second half of 2001.

Action Required

The Bureau notes with satisfaction the inclusion of Sangay as one of the pilot sites in the UNESCO/IUCN/UNF-UNFIP Project as a step to implementing the Committee's recommendations made at its last session in Cairns, Australia. The Bureau invites the Centre to submit a brief update on the progress achieved in initiating project activities in Sangay to the twenty-fifth session of the Committee to be convened in Helsinki, Finland, in December 2001.

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2001

Principal issues:

Impacts of road construction and rehabilitation of impacted areas; elaborating a monitoring regime with indicators and benchmarks.

 

New information:

At its twenty-fifth session, the Bureau noted that this site has been included as one of the Latin American pilot sites in the UN Foundation financed pilot project entitled: "Enhancing our heritage: monitoring and managing for success in World Natural Heritage sites“. Formal communications with national authorities to obtain their consent for the choice of Sangay as a pilot site have been completed. The project management in co-operation with IUCN, both in Gland and in Latin America, is discussing the details for the organization of a national workshop to discuss project execution. A more detailed report on project execution, particularly with regard to the elaboration of a monitoring regime as recommended by the Committee, will be submitted to the twenty-sixth session of the Committee in Hungary in June 2002.

Decisions adopted by the Committee in 2001
25 BUR V.28
Sangay National Park (Ecuador)

V.28       The Bureau noted that following the recommendation of the Committee made at its last session (Cairns, Australia, November - December 2000), Sangay National Park has been included as one of the ten pilot sites in a UNESCO/IUCN/UNF-UNFIP Project entitled: "Enhancing our heritage: monitoring and managing for success in World Natural Heritage sites". The 4-year project financed at a total cost of US$ 2 million by UNF-UNFIP will elaborate and test a monitoring regime for Sangay National Park with indicators and benchmarks, including those that could signal the timing of the removal of the site from the List of World Heritage in Danger. This project will promote and assess implementation of the recommendations from the UNESCO/IUCN mission to this site.  Project activities specific to Sangay and two other Latin American pilot sites will commence in the second half of 2001. The Bureau invited the Centre to submit a brief update on the progress achieved in initiating project activities in Sangay to the twenty-fifth session of the Committee to be convened in Helsinki, Finland, in December 2001.

25 COM VIII.29
Sangay National Park (Ecuador)

VIII.29 The Committee noted with interest the inclusion of Sangay as one of the Latin American pilot sites in the UN Foundation financed pilot project entitled: "Enhancing our heritage: monitoring and managing for success in World Natural Heritage sites". The project will test out monitoring and management effectiveness evaluation tools developed by an IUCN/WCPA Task Force. The project management in co-operation with IUCN, both in Gland and in Latin America, is discussing the details for the organization of a national workshop where the development of indicators and benchmarks to monitor changes in the state of conservation of the site and linking their monitoring to the timing of the possible removal of the site from the List of World Heritage in Danger will be discussed. IUCN noted that there may be potential for removing this site from the Danger List. The Committee invited the Centre and IUCN to submit a report on the outcome of that workshop to its twenty-sixth session in Hungary in June 2002 and submit regular progress reports on the execution of project activities to the subsequent annual sessions of the Committee. The Committee decided to retain the site on the List of World Heritage in Danger.

The Committee may wish to adopt the following decision:

"The Committee notes with interest the inclusion of Sangay as a pilot site in a project to test out monitoring and management effectiveness evaluation tools developed by IUCN and invites the Centre and IUCN to report progress in the execution of project activities to the annual sessions of the Committee. The Committee decides to retain the site on the List of World Heritage in Danger".

Report year: 2001
Ecuador
Date of Inscription: 1983
Category: Natural
Criteria: (vii)(viii)(ix)(x)
Danger List (dates): 1992-2005
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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