Iguaçu National Park
Factors affecting the property in 2003*
- Ground transport infrastructure
- Illegal activities
- Impacts of tourism / visitor / recreation
- Input of excess energy
- Management systems/ management plan
- Surface water pollution
Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports
- Administration of the falls (Argentina);
- Sound pollution (helicopters);
- Illegal reopening of the Colon road
International Assistance: requests for the property until 2003
Total amount approved : 0 USD
Missions to the property until 2003**
March 1999: IUCN mission
Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2003
The Committee at its 25th session (Helsinki, 2001) removed Iguaçu National Park from the List of World Heritage in Danger and requested a UNESCO / IUCN joint mission to take place in 2002 / 2003 to prepare a status report for submission to the 27th session of the Committee in June 2003. UNESCO and IUCN have not yet received an invitation from the State Party but are willing to cooperate with the State Party in order to plan and undertake such a mission at a suitable time in 2003.
Summary of the interventions
Decisions adopted by the Committee in 2003
27 COM 7B.23
Iguaçu National Park (Brazil)
The World Heritage Committee,
1. Recalls its request for a UNESCO/IUCN joint mission to prepare a status report on the property in time for its 27th session in 2003 (25 COM VIII.5);
2. Regrets that the Brazilian authorities did not invite the mission prior to its 27th session;
3. Encourages the State Party of Brazil to co-operate with the State Party of Argentina towards the joint management of the two World Heritage properties;
4. Welcomes the invitation by the State Party for a UNESCO/IUCN joint mission in time to provide a report taking into account all issues in order that the World Heritage Committee can examine the state of conservation of the property at its 28th session in 2004.
Draft Decision: 27 COM 7 (b) 23
The World Heritage Committee,
1. Recalls its request for a UNESCO/IUCN joint mission to prepare a status report on the site,
2. Notes with concern that no invitation has yet been forthcoming to UNESCO/IUCN to carry out such a mission;
3. Encourages the State Party of Brazil to co-operate with the State Party of Argentina towards the joint management of the two World Heritage sites;
4. Urges the State Party to invite a UNESCO / IUCN joint mission in time to provide a report for review by its 28th session.
Documents examined by the Committee27COM (2003)
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.