1.         Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers National Parks (India) (N 335bis)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1988

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/335/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0
Total amount approved: USD 0
For details, see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/335/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds

N/A

Previous monitoring missions

N/A

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Illustrative material  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/335/

Information presented to the Bureau of the World Heritage Committee in 1997

The Director of the Nanda Devi National Park of India presented a report on the state of conservation of this World Heritage Area at the Meeting of the South Asian World Natural Heritage Site Managers, held in New Delhi and Keoladeo National Park, during 16-19 January, 1997. Nanda Devi National Park is located in a very remote area, and due to difficulty of access, remains well protected. There are no major threats to the Park; a certain amount of illegal collection of medicinal plants and herbs has been recorded. No visitors are allowed to the Park; some mountaineering groups have in recent times expressed an interest in organizing expeditions to the area. Allowing a certain amount of visitation may enable the presentation of this World Heritage Area to the general public and may generate income for the benefit of local people.

Action Required

The Bureau takes note of the high level of protection afforded to Nanda Devi National Park and requests the State Party to consider undertaking a feasibility study for specialized (mountaineering) tourism development in the Park.

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 1997

N/A

Analysis and Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre and IUCN

N/A

Decision Adopted: 21 BUR IV.B.24

The Bureau was informed that this Park is located in a very remote area, and due to difficulty of access, remains well protected. There are no major threats to the Park; a certain amount of illegal collection of medicinal plants and herbs has been recorded. No visitors are allowed to the Park; some mountaineering groups have in recent times expressed an interest in organizing expeditions to the area. Allowing a certain amount of visitation may facilitate the presentation of this World Heritage Area to the general public and may generate income for the benefit of local people as well. Hence, the Bureau, while taking note of the high level of protection afforded to Nanda Devi National Park, invited Indian authorities to consider undertaking a feasibility study for specialized (mountaineering) tourism development in the Park.