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Taï National Park

Côte d'Ivoire
Factors affecting the property in 1989*
  • Crop production
  • Illegal activities
  • Mining
Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports

Poaching, gold prospection, tree-felling, and subsequent encroachment

International Assistance: requests for the property until 1989
Requests approved: 2 (from 1983-1987)
Total amount approved : 42,000 USD
Missions to the property until 1989**
Information presented to the Bureau of the World Heritage Committee in 1989

As reported to the Committee on five previous occasions, this park has lost much of its integrity since it was inscribed in 1982. The number of elephants for example is now down to less than 100 from 1800 in 1979. Build-up of human population pressures in the buffer zone, gold mining, illegal forest cutting, and poaching continue although a major new WWF project is attempting to improve the situation. IUCN reiterates its concern over the future of this park and again recommends that the Government of Côte d'Ivoire considers nominating Taï for the List of World Heritage in Danger.

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 1989

At its Twelfth Session, the Committee requested IUCN to report back to the Committee on longstanding concern that this park has lost much of its integrity since its inscription in 1982. IUCN reported to the Bureau in June 1989 that the number of elephants, for example, is now down to less than 100 from 1800 in 1979 and human population pressures on the park and its surrounds continue.

IUCN notes that the Committee had requested the Ivoirian authorities to propose its inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger. In June 1989, the Bureau noted that the Secretariat had contacted the Ivoirian authorities, but that only recently a response had been obtained in the form of a request for preparatory assistance in order to prepare a technical cooperation request for an integrated project addressing the need for increased protection of the natural values of this Park and also the socio­economic problems. The contribution of the World Heritage Fund would be used in a catalytic manner adding on to other funding sources. The Bureau requested the Secretariat to follow this matter and consult with IUCN in the preparation of the integrated project for technical cooperation.

In the meantime, a WWF International project has the objective of long-term conservation of the park with particular reference to resolving threats posed by poaching, logging, farming and gold-mining. Some results have been achieved to 30 September 1989 with boundary marking begun and enforcement resulting in five poachers and three illegal gold-miners being imprisoned and a start made on a programme of environmental awareness and education. WWF sees a need for the Ivoirien authorities to be persuaded to support rural development programmes around the park rather than concentrate on boundary demarcation and law enforcement.

 

Decisions adopted by the Committee in 1989
13 BUR IV.B.3
Tai National Park (Cote d'Ivoire)

The Bureau recalled that IUCN had reported on the deteriorating situation of this site on several occasions and that the Committee had requested the Ivoirian authorities to propose its inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger. It noted that the Secretariat had contacted the Ivoirian authorities, but that only recently a response had been obtained in the form of a request for preparatory assistance in order to prepare a technical cooperation request for an integrated project addressing the need for increased protection of the natural values of this Park and also the socio-economic problems. The contribution of the World Heritage Fund would be used in a catalytic manner adding on to other funding sources such as UNDP. The Bureau requested the Secretariat to follow this matter and consult with IUCN in the preparation of the integrated project for technical cooperation.

13 COM VIII.16
SOC: Tai National Park (Cote d'Ivoire)

Tai National Park (Cote d'Ivoire)

The Committee noted an earlier request that the Ivoirian authorities agree to this site's inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger had brought no response. However, the Committee noted that only recently had the Secretariat received a response in the form of a request for preparatory assistance. This preparatory assistance could take the form of a workshop to evaluate the situation and revise a draft of an integrated project to safeguard this site, to be financed jointly by the World Heritage Fund (technical cooperation) and extra-budgetary resources. The Committee encouraged the Secretariat and IUCN to follow-up this matter and report back to the Bureau at its next session.

No draft Decision

Report year: 1989
Côte d'Ivoire
Date of Inscription: 1982
Category: Natural
Criteria: (vii)(x)
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.