1.         Nahanni National Park (Canada) (N 24)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1978

Criteria  (vii)(viii)

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/24/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0
Total amount approved: USD 0
For details, see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/24/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds


Previous monitoring missions


Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Illustrative material  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/24/

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2003


The Centre received a report from the State Party dated 7 February 2003. The report provided information on the proposed industrial activities on Nahanni National Park and the expansion of the Park. The Mackenzie Valley Environment Impact Review Board found an environmental impact assessment of the proposed mine at Prairie Creek to be deficient. The Board is awaiting subsequent information from the Canadian Zinc Corporation.


IUCN notes the progress in the development of a new Management Plan for Nahanni National Park, which is nearing completion. The report noted that Parks Canada is working with Deh Cho First Nations on the issue of the extension of Park’s boundary. Local communities have agreed to work with Parks Canada and other governmental agencies over the next three years on a detailed feasibility study of boundary options. 

Analysis and Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre and IUCN


Decision Adopted: 27 COM 7B.16

The World Heritage Committee [9],

1. Acknowledges progress made with the development of a new management plan for the property and the proposed expansion of the property as a long-term process, including consultations with the Deh Cho First Nations;

2. Requests the State Party to keep the World Heritage Centre informed on the development of the new management plan and environmental impact assessment of the proposed mine at Prairie Creek.

[9]  Decision adopted without discussion