Everglades National Park
Factors affecting the property in 1999*
- Crop production
- Industrial areas
- Surface water pollution
- Water infrastructure
Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports
- Agricultural, industrial and urban developments altering the natural systems;
- Pollution of the water (nutrients and mercury);
- Hurricane in August 1992
International Assistance: requests for the property until 1999
Total amount approved : 0 USD
Missions to the property until 1999**
May 1999: World Heritage Centre visit to the site
Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 1999
Summary of previous deliberations:
Twenty-second session of the Committee – paragraph number VII.12
New information: A member of the Centre visited the site in May 1999 and discussed the state of conservation of the site with the staff and the Director of the Park. Discussions included the contents of two reports: namely, the “Integrated Plan for South Florida Ecosystem Restoration and Sustainability” (November 1998) and the “South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force Biennial Report to the US Congress” (March 1999). An update on the state of conservation of this site, including proposed measures being taken by the State Party to determine impacts of rehabilitation schemes being implemented on the integrity of the site and the eventual removal of the site from the List of World Heritage in Danger, is due before the twenty-third session of the Committee.
Decisions adopted by the Committee in 1999
23 BUR IV.A.1
State of conservation
The Bureau noted that state of conservation reports of three of the fifteen natural heritage properties inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger, namely Srebarna Nature Reserve (Bulgaria), the Everglades National Park and Yellowstone National Park (United States of America) are due by 15 September 1999 and will be submitted to the twenty-third ordinary session of the Committee, to be convened from 29 November to 4 December 1999 in Marrakesh, Morocco. The Bureau examined the state of conservation reports on the following twelve natural heritage sites included in the List of World Heritage in Danger.
23 COM X.A.12
SOC: Everglades National Park (United States of America)
X.12 Everglades National Park (United States of America)
The Committee recalled that at its last session it had requested the State Party to submit an up-to-date state of conservation report on the site, including proposed action being taken by the State Party to determine impacts of rehabilitation measures on the integrity of the site and plans for the eventual removal of the site from the List of World Heritage in Danger. The Observer of the United States of America regretted the delay in the submission of the report requested by the last session of the Committee but informed the Committee that the report was expected to be received during the week of the Committee's deliberations. He said that the delay was partly due to the State Party's efforts to provide a detailed analysis of the impact of mitigation measures and derive a process and a plan for the possible removal of the site from the List of World Heritage in Danger. The Observer, however, informed the Committee that his Government was of the view that although most threats to the integrity of the site were being effectively mitigated, at present the site needs to be retained in the List of World Heritage in Danger pending the review of the report requested by the Committee.
The Committee decided to retain the site in the List of World Heritage in Danger. The Committee invited the State Party to submit the report to the Centre as soon as possible and IUCN to undertake a thorough review of the report and submit its findings and recommendations to the twenty-fourth ordinary session of the Bureau in mid-2000.
The Committee, based on new information expected to be available at the time of its twenty-third session, may wish to make decisions and recommendations as appropriate.
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”).