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Dja Faunal Reserve

Cameroon
Factors affecting the property in 2007*
  • Commercial hunting
  • Crop production
  • Forestry /wood production
  • Livestock farming / grazing of domesticated animals
  • Management systems/ management plan
  • Mining
Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports

a) Lack of implementation and full approval of management plan;

b) Industrial mining activities proposed adjacent to the property;

c) Industrial farming proposed in the buffer zone;

d) Threats from commercial hunting; deforestation around the property.

UNESCO Extra-Budgetary Funds until 2007

Total amount provided to the property: USD 60,000 from the Netherlands Funds-in-Trust to UNESCO. The Dja Faunal Reserve also benefits from part of the USD 193,275 allocated to the South-eastern Cameroon region by the Central Africa World Heritage Forest Initiative (CAWHFI).

International Assistance: requests for the property until 2007
Requests approved: 4 (from 1987-1997)
Total amount approved : 84,700 USD
Missions to the property until 2007**

UNESCO monitoring mission March 1998; UNESCO/IUCN monitoring mission June 2006

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2007

In February 2007, the State Party submitted a report documenting the following progress towards the implementation of the recommendations of the 2006 monitoring mission:

a) Management Plan

The Management Plan has been completed but still awaits a Ministerial Decree for approval. The State Party implemented some management initiatives outside the property such as the creation of hunting zones, some of which are managed by the community. A number of management suggestions have also been made to guide the work of the Forestry Development Units bordering the property. In its 2007 budget, the State Party has also included funding for park equipment, for anti-poaching activities and for an elephant inventory.

b) Financial Autonomy

To assist in achieving financial autonomy for the property the State Party has included in its budget for 2007 the cost of a study on funding mechanisms which could be used to support the management of the Reserve.

c) Establishment of a Conservation Coordination Unit and of village committees for the Reserve

The State Party has created a Conservation Coordination Unit, which incorporates the Conservation Service and personnel from the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife; this includes four surveillance posts which operate under the head of the unit. The State Party has also set up village committees which are incorporated into the coordination unit. Financial support for the functioning of these committees is part of the 2007 budget and includes rewards for ivory and trophy animal seizures.

d) Provisional Operation Permits of the Forest Development Units

The State Party plans to phase out, progressively, the Provisional Operation Permits of the Forest Development Units adjacent to the Reserve and replace them by annual logging permits. The Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife has signed a partnership agreement with Global Forest Watch, a project of the World Resources Institute, which allows independent monitoring of forest exploitation using satellite imagery.

e) GEOVIC mining concession

The State Party sollicitated public comments on the provisional Environmental Impact Assessment report for the GEOVIC mining concession located in the Lomie sector near the property. As a result of this consultation GEOVIC was requested to conduct a new wildlife risk assessment as the original assessment underestimated the impacts of its activities. The Department of Wildlife and Protected Areas will be involved in the production of the “Conservation and biodiversity development plan” before GEOVIC begins work. The State Party has requested GEOVIC to evaluate resources available for the implementation of the conservation plan and to compensate the reserve. The funds will be secured before work begins. In order to carry out these activities GEOVIC and WWF have signed a partnership agreement.

The World Heritage Centre and IUCN note that the Ministerial decree for the enforcement of the Management Plan has not been issued since its interdepartmental validation (2004) and updating (2006), and recognise the necessity of its issuance as soon as possible in order to make further progress on the implementation of the management plan. The World Heritage Centre and IUCN note the importance of ensuring adequate funding for the implementation of the management plan.

The State Party is also encouraged to report on the impact of commercial hunting in the designated hunting zones leased near the park. It is also important to assess the impact of the bush meat trade, including levels, distribution and apprehension of poachers.

The World Heritage Centre and IUCN welcome the partnership with Global Forest Watch, which will be very useful in monitoring long-term and large-scale changes in land-use and forest cover. However, the response time from this method of monitoring for on ground intervention is too slow to prevent and stop illegal activities. Therefore, the village committees and voluntary networks of observers should be used where possible to report on illegal activities to facilitate prompt action.

Decisions adopted by the Committee in 2007
31 COM 7B.5
State of conservation of World Heritage Properties - Dja Wildlife Reserve

The World Heritage Committee,

1.Having examined Document WHC-07/31.COM/7B,

2.Recalling Decision 30 COM 7B.4, adopted at its 30th session (Vilnius, 2006),

3.Commends the State Party for its efforts to start implementing the recommendations of the 2006 monitoring mission adopted by the Committee at its 30th session (Vilnius, 2006), in particular the establishment of a Conservation Coordination Unit and of village committees;

4.Requests the State Party to implement as soon as possible the other recommendations of the 2006 monitoring mission, in particular to issue urgently the Ministerial decree for the enforcement of the Management Plan;

5.Commends the State Party for its decision to phase out the Provisional Operation Permits for the Forest Development Units adjacent to the Reserve and also requests the State Party to provide a timeline for this phase-out;

6.Urges the State Party to monitor closely the operations of the mining concessions adjacent to the Reserve and operated by the company GEOVIC in order to ensure highest standards of environmental mitigation;

7.Requests the State Party to provide the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2009, with a report on the progress made in the implementation of the recommendations outlined above, and those of the 2006 monitoring mission, for examination by the Committee at its 33nd session in 2009.

Draft Decision: 31 COM 7B.5

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-07/31.COM/7B,

2. Recalling Decision 30 COM 7B.4, adopted at its 30th session (Vilnius, 2006),

3. Commends the State Party for its efforts to start implementing the recommendations of the 2006 monitoring mission adopted by the Committee at its 30th session (Vilnius, 2006), in particular the establishment of a Conservation Coordination Unit and of village committees;

4. Requests the State Party to implement as soon as possible the other recommendations of the 2006 monitoring mission, in particular to issue urgently the Ministerial decree for the enforcement of the Management Plan;

5. Commends the State Party for its decision to phase out the Provisional Operation Permits for the Forest Development Units adjacent to the Reserve and also requests the State Party to provide a timeline for this phase-out;

6. Urges the State Party to monitor closely the operations of the mining concessions adjacent to the Reserve and operated by the company GEOVIC in order to ensure highest standards of environmental mitigation;

7. Requests the State Party to provide the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2009, with a report on the progress made in the implementation of the recommendations outlined above, and those of the 2006 monitoring mission, for examination by the Committee at its 33nd session in 2009.

Report year: 2007
Cameroon
Date of Inscription: 1987
Category: Natural
Criteria: (ix)(x)
Documents examined by the Committee
arrow_circle_right 31COM (2007)
Exports

* : 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.


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