Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve

Factors affecting the property in 1989*
  • Ground transport infrastructure
  • Identity, social cohesion, changes in local population and community
  • Illegal activities
Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports

Extreme pressure with the invasion of refugees and settlers into the Reserve

International Assistance: requests for the property until 1989
Requests approved: 6 (from 1982-1988)
Total amount approved : 168,000 USD
1988 Equipment for Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve (Approved)   20,000 USD
1987 Consultant services, training and equipment for ... (Approved)   30,000 USD
1985 Strengthen protection and management of Rio Platano ... (Approved)   20,000 USD
1983 Implementation of protective measures, of training ... (Approved)   26,000 USD
1982 Financial contribution towards ecodevelopment ... (Approved)   67,025 USD
1982 Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve (Approved)   4,975 USD
Missions to the property until 1989**
Information presented to the Bureau of the World Heritage Committee in 1989

Problems with illegal settlement, logging and poaching were brought to the attention of the Committee at its 12th Session. The concerns are still valid and the authorities should again be asked to consider nominating the site for the danger list and to take strong measures to avert further damage to the site (possibly using emergency assistance from the World Heritage fund).

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 1989

Problems with illegal settlement, logging and poaching were brought to the attention of the Committee at its 12th Session.

There was concern at the possible settlement of 4,000 Nicaraguan Mishkito Indians near the buffer zone and their subsistence agriculture and hunting could pose a threat.

There have also been plans to construct roads through and near the reserve. This property was inscribed in 1982 and the monitoring report sought from the national authority will be reviewed carefully when it comes to hand.

Decisions adopted by the Committee in 1989
13 BUR IV.B.12
State of conservation of other natural properties

The IUCN representative also gave reports on the conservation status of Rio Platano (Honduras), Manu National Park (Peru), Ichkeul National Park (Tunisia), Sagarmatha (Nepal), Wood Buffalo National Park (Canada).

13 COM VIII.16
SOC: Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve (Honduras)

Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve (Honduras)

The Committee noted IUCN's concerns about the integrity of this site and asked that IUCN provide further information when the report from the national conservation authority is received.

No draft Decision

Report year: 1989
Date of Inscription: 1982
Category: Natural
Criteria: (vii)(viii)(ix)(x)
Danger List (dates): 1996-2007, 2011-present

* : 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.