1.         Iguaçu National Park (Brazil) (N 355)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1986

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/355/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0
Total amount approved: USD 0
For details, see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/355/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/355/

Information presented to the Bureau of the World Heritage Committee in 1989

These two parks which share the famous waterfalls on the border of Argentina and Brazil were separately listed in 1984 and 1987. Since then, the park agencies of the two countries have held a seminar to coordinate their management efforts in protecting the site. This includes harmonization of the two management plans, joint planning of tourism developments, and cooperation in law enforcement, research and monitoring. This action is to be commended as the falls and the surrounding forest area are truly one integrated unit and such transfrontier cooperation between State Parties is to be encouraged. The Administración de Parques Nacionales de la Argentina has also recently opened a new Centre for Subtropical Research in Iguazu.

Action Required

The Bureau may wish to act on the anomaly of having this site listed twice on the World Heritage list and to suggest to the State Parties that, in future, it could be given the name "Iguazu/Iguaçu National Parks, Argentina/Brazil."

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 1989


Analysis and Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre and IUCN


Decision Adopted: 13 BUR IV.B.7

The Bureau noted with satisfaction that the two States Parties had recently undertaken measures to coordinate the management and protection of these contiguous parks containing the famous waterfalls. In response to the suggestion of the IUCN representative to encourage the States Parties' acceptance to list these waterfalls under one name on the World Heritage List, the representative of Brazil stated that his government had not changed its position on this matter and that the two sites should continue to be indicated separately on the World Heritage List.