1.         Niokolo-Koba National Park (Senegal) (N 153)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1981

Criteria  (x)

Year(s) of inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger    2007-present

Threats for which the property was inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger

Desired state of conservation for the removal of the property from the List of World Heritage in Danger

Adopted, see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/decisions/4087

Corrective measures identified

Adopted, see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/decisions/4087  

Timeframe for the implementation of the corrective measures

Adopted, see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/decisions/4087

Previous Committee Decisions  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/153/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0 (from 1982-2004)
Total amount approved: USD 147,125
For details, see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/153/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds

N/A

Previous monitoring missions

2001, 2007 and 2010: Joint World Heritage Centre / IUCN Reactive Monitoring missions

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Illustrative material  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/153/

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2014

On 31 January 2014, the State Party submitted a report on the state of conservation of the property, available at https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/153/documents. It concerns progress achieved in the implementation of the corrective measures:  

Analysis and Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre and IUCN

The efforts undertaken by the State Party to reinforce surveillance and curb poaching that led several key species on the brink of extinction should be noted.  The results of the ecological monitoring suggest that the situation of certain key species could be improving while that of the elephants and chimpanzees remains very worrying.  However, these observations generally cover small number of individuals per species and the data simply indicates that some sectors of the Park still contain certain species without being able to assess precisely the number and their variation throughout the property.  The inventory operation is crucial and a priority, and it is recommended that the State Party seek technical support from the IUCN Species Survival Commission.

Furthermore, it is recommended that the Committee reiterate its request to the State Party to invite an IUCN reactive monitoring mission as soon as the results of this inventory are available, recalling that the Committee had requested that such an inventory be carried out since its 34th session (Brasilia, 2010), because of its deep concern that the Outstanding universal value (OUV) of the property is seriously degraded and without such an inventory it would be impossible to evaluate the current state of the OUV, nor its potential to recover.

The Committee is recommended to encourage the State Party to rapidly formalise the steering committee for the park to associate more closely the different stakeholders of the territory concerned and in particular the local communities.

Finally, it is recommended that the Committee express its deep regret as regards the lack of information provided by the State Party concerning the dam project at Sambangalou and the restoration of the basalt quarry located within the property; and that the property be retained on the List of World Heritage in Danger.  

Decision Adopted: 38 COM 7A.46

The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Having examined Document WHC-14/38.COM/7A,
  2. Recalling Decision 37 COM 7A.13, adopted at its 37th session (Phnom Penh, 2013),
  3. Welcomes the efforts of the State Party to strengthen surveillance and curb poaching, notably the progress achieved in the rehabilitation of the surveillance tracks and guard posts, as well as the strengthening of surveillance staff;
  4. Reiterates its serious concern as regards the state of conservation of the key species in the park, notably the elephant and chimpanzee and requests the State Party to urgently implement an inventory of large wildlife with technical support from the IUCN Species Survival Commission, and to invite an IUCN reactive monitoring mission to assess the state of conservation of the property as concerns the Desired state of conservation for the removal of the property from the List of World Heritage in Danger and to update the corrective measures once the results of the afore-mentioned inventory are available;
  5. Requests the State Party to continue its efforts to implement the corrective measures adopted at its 34th session (Brasilia, 2010);
  6. Further reiterates its request to the State Party to provide detailed information on the dam project at Sambangalou, as well as the restoration of the basalt quarry located within the property and closed in 2012;
  7. Also requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2015, a detailed report, including a 1-page executive summary, on the state of conservation of the property and the implementation of the above, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 39th session in 2015;
  8. Decides to retain the Niokolo-Koba National Park (Senegal) on the List of World Heritage in Danger.

Decision Adopted: 38 COM 8C.2

The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Having examined the state of conservation reports of properties inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger (WHC-14/38.COM/7A and WHC-14/38.COM/7A.Add),
  2. Decides to retain the following properties on the List of World Heritage in Danger: