1.         Taï National Park (Côte d'Ivoire) (N 195)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1982

Criteria  (vii)(x)

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/195/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0 (from 1983-2013)
Total amount approved: USD 139,995
For details, see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/195/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds

N/A

Previous monitoring missions

2006: Joint World Heritage Centre / IUCN monitoring mission 

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Illustrative material  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/195/

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2014

The State Party submitted a report on the state of conservation of the property in January 2014, available at https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/195/documents.  The report covers the following points:

Analysis and Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre and IUCN

Important actions to control the Park have been undertaken with the increase in the number of anti-poaching patrols, and the recovery of illegally occupied land. The State Party is encouraged to continue these actions, notably to finalize as soon as possible the land recovery operations and establish the integrity of the Park territory.

In spite of positive trends, the pressure of poaching remains strong as regards certain species such as monkeys and duikers. The actions of the Park staff should be strengthened by operations jointly carried out with Village Associations for Conservation and Development to ensure surveillance and pedagogical information at the periphery of the Park.

Despite the increased number of controls undertaken by Park staff, gold mining remains of major concern. The number of gold miners arrested is on the increase, thus demonstrating the efficiency of the efforts undertaken in the surveillance of the zones. It is important to continue these efforts, with support from the regional consultation committee for combat against extraction activities in protected areas (order of the Prefect of the Nawa region, 2013).

Major progress has been achieved in resolving the agricultural land encroachment in the Park, with the assistance of the Village Associations for Conservation and Development and the Village Surveillance Committees and the cooperation of the local authorities which deserves to be commended by the Committee (1260 ha recovered, including the destruction of cocoa plantations), and with the hope that the recovery of the greater part of the land (2700 ha of 3960 ha) can be achieved in 2014.

Although some positive trends in the state of conservation of wildlife have been noted, the situation regarding some species remains worrying, in particular bovids and primates. The elephant population also remains fragile. The ongoing biological monitoring deserves recognition.

The announcement of the debt cancellation by one of the State Party’s partners and the announcement of a framework contract with the Cote d’Ivoire Foundation for Parks and Reserves are positive developments to be highlighted. With the necessary financial means, the framework contract should enable the implementation of the updated management plan.

Decision Adopted: 38 COM 7B.89

The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Having examined Document WHC-14/38.COM/7B,
  2. Recalling Decision 36 COM 7B.2 adopted at its 36th session (Saint-Petersburg, 2012),
  3. Commends the State Party for the efforts undertaken to regain control of the property, notably through the strengthening of patrols for illegal activities and the first steps taken in recovering land illegally occupied for agricultural activities, and welcomes the announcement that the final recuperation of illegally occupied land will be achieved by the end of 2014;
  4. Welcomes the information concerning the identification of sufficient financial means for the implementation of the updated development and management plan;
  5. Requests the State Party, with assistance from the regional consultation committee on extraction activities, to intensify the control of gold mining activities to eliminate it;
  6. Also requests the State Party to adopt a protocol for monitoring poaching and other illegal activities to enable a detailed assessment, for annual comparison;
  7. Reiterates its request to the State Party to publish as soon as possible the decree formalizing the extension of the Park, and to submit, once published, a request for the modification of the boundaries of the property to the World Heritage Centre for examination by the World Heritage Committee;
  8. Further requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 December 2016, an updated report, including a 1-page executive summary, on the state of conservation of the property and the implementation of the above points, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 41st session in 2017.