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Manas Wildlife Sanctuary

India
Factors affecting the property in 2003*
  • Civil unrest
  • Identity, social cohesion, changes in local population and community
  • Illegal activities
  • Land conversion
  • Management systems/ management plan
Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports
  • Construction of a dam (issue resolved);
  • Bodo people insurgency;
  • Destruction of Park infrastructures (issue resolved);
  • Illegal removal of vegetation;
  • Poaching;
  • Need to enable trans-border collaboration in the management of the site
International Assistance: requests for the property until 2003
Requests approved: 2 (from 1997-1997)
Total amount approved : 165,000 USD
Missions to the property until 2003**

January 1997: World Heritage Centre mission;  February 2002: field visit by World Heritage Centre and IUCN

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2003

A UN Foundation planning grant project for preparing a World Heritage Biodiversity Programme for India (WHBPI) is currently under implementation and a draft project document is expected to be finalized before the end of April 2003. The project document is being prepared by the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) and the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and Environment (ATREE) and is co-ordinated by the overall co-ordination of a Committee comprising representatives from Government, NGO and the private sector. A staff member from the UN Foundation is expected to be in New Delhi in early May to discuss the development of WHBPI which will include, amongst others, proposals for supporting the conservation of the Manas World Heritage site. While the project document on WHBPI is likely to be finalized before the end of June 2003, fundraising for the execution of WHBPI is expected to require time and efforts till the end of 2003. The Centre, in cooperation with the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MOEF) in New Delhi, WII, ATREE, UNF and other concerned partners is following the preparation of the WHBPI and hopes to ensure that the recommendations of the IUCN Mission in early 2002, and the decision 21 (a) 4 of the 26th session of the Committee for strengthening conservation, are fully taken into consideration in proposing activities in and around the Manas Wildlife Sanctuary World Heritage site.

 

IUCN:

The new information provided above has been proposed on a consensual basis between IUCN and the World Heritage Centre. 

Decisions adopted by the Committee in 2003
27 COM 7A.9
Manas Wildlife Sanctuary (India)

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Commends the Indian Government and partner institutes and research bodies for their efforts in preparing a World Heritage Biodiversity Programme for India with support for project preparation from the United Nations Foundation (UNF);

2. Invites the State Party to submit a report to the World Heritage Centre by 1 February 2004 on the possible financing and execution of the Programme, including the implementation measures recommended by the 26th session of the Committee and the IUCN mission of early 2002 for the conservation of Manas, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 28th session in 2004;

3. Decides to retain Manas Wildlife Sanctuary on the List of World Heritage in Danger.

27 COM 8B.2
Properties maintained on the List of World Heritage in Danger

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Following examination of state of conservation reports of properties on the List of World Heritage in Danger (WHC-03/27.COM/7A),;

2. Decides to maintain the following properties on the List of World Heritage in Danger:

  • Minaret and Archaeological Remains of Jam, Afghanistan (27 COM 7A.21)
  • Butrint, Albania (27 COM 7A.26 )
  • Tipasa, Algeria (27 COM 7A.17)
  • Royal Palaces of Abomey, Benin (27 COM 7A.15)
  • Angkor, Cambodia (27 COM 7A.22)
  • Manovo-Gounda St. Floris National Park, Central African Republic (27 COM 7A.12 )
  • Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve, Côte d'Ivoire/Guinea (27 COM 7A.4)
  • Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of the Congo (27 COM 7A.2)
  • Garamba National Park, Democratic Republic of the Congo (27 COM 7A.2)
  • Kahuzi-Biega National Park, Democratic Republic of the Congo (27 COM 7A.2)
  • Okapi Wildlife Reserve, Democratic Republic of the Congo (27 COM 7A.2) 
  • Salonga National Park, Democratic Republic of the Congo (27 COM 7A.2)
  • Sangay National Park, Ecuador (27 COM 7A.13)
  • Abu Mena, Egypt (27 COM 7A.18)
  • Simien National Park, Ethiopia (27 COM 7A.3)
  • Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve, Honduras (27 COM 7A.14)
  • Manas Wildlife Sanctuary, India (27 COM 7A.9)
  • Group of Monuments at Hampi, India (27 COM 7A.23)
  • Old City of Jerusalem & its Walls (27COM7A.29)
  • Timbuktu, Mali (27 COM 7A.16)
  • Air & Ténéré Natural Reserves, Niger (27 COM 7A.5)
  • Bahla Fort, Oman (27 COM 7A.19)
  • Fort and Shalamar Gardens in Lahore, Pakistan (27 COM 7A.242)
  • Chan Chan Archaeological Zone, Peru (27 COM 7A.28)
  • Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras, Philippines (27 COM 7A.25)
  • Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary, Senegal (27 COM 7A.6)
  • Ichkeul National Park, Tunisia (27 COM 7A.8)
  • Rwenzori Mountains National Park, Uganda (27 COM 7A.7) 
  • Everglades National Park, United States of America (27 COM 7A.11)
  • Historic Town of Zabid, Yemen (27 COM 7A.20)

Draft 27 COM 7 (a) 9

 

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Commends the Indian Government and partner institutes and research bodies for its efforts in preparing a World Heritage Biodiversity Programme for India with support for project preparation from the UN Foundation;

2. Invites the State Party to submit a report on the possible financing and execution of the Programme, including the implementation measures recommended by the 26th session of the Committee and the IUCN mission of early 2002 for the conservation of Manas, to the 28th session of the Committee in 2004; and

3. Decides to retain Manas Wildlife Sanctuary on the List of World Heritage in Danger.

 

Report year: 2003
India
Date of Inscription: 1985
Category: Natural
Criteria: (vii)(ix)(x)
Danger List (dates): 1992-2011
Documents examined by the Committee
arrow_circle_right 27COM (2003)
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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