Comoé National Park
Factors affecting the property in 1999*
- Illegal activities
International Assistance: requests for the property until 1999
Total amount approved : 97,000 USD
|Strengthening the Protection of the Comoe National Park (Approved)
|Purchase of an all-terrain vehicle for Comoe National ... (Approved)
|Purchase of a vehicle for Comoe National Park (Approved)
Missions to the property until 1999**
Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 1999
New information: IUCN received a copy of the report provided to the World Heritage Centre, prepared by a scientist, from the Centre de Recherche en Ecologie from Côte d'Ivoire entitled “Evaluation de l’état actuel du parc national de la Comoé”. The report outlines the serious threat of poaching to the wildlife of this site and sets out a series of recommendations for improved management. IUCN has received several other reports from NGOs and individuals highlighting illegal logging activities that are threatening the integrity of the site. IUCN notes and supports the recommendations of the study that this site is in urgent need of technical and financial support. A request for financial assistance from the State Party is due to be submitted to the twenty-third session of the Committee. In view of the high level of poaching reported at this site, IUCN recommends that the site be considered for inclusion on the List of World Heritage in Danger and that an expert mission be fielded to the site in order to verify the information reported by the study quoted above and have discussions with the State Party regarding the possible inclusion of this site in the List of World Heritage in Danger.
Decisions adopted by the Committee in 1999
23 COM X.B.24
SOC: Comoe National Park (Côte d'Ivoire)
X.24 Comoe National Park (Côte d'Ivoire)
The Committee recalled the reports from the twenty-third extraordinary session of the Bureau on the state of conservation of this property and adopted the following decision:
"The Committee noted the discussions at the twenty-third and twentythird extraordinary sessions of the Bureau concerning illegal logging activities that are threatening the integrity of the site.
The Committee requested the State Party to consider inviting a Centre/IUCN mission to the site during the year 2000 to review threats to the integrity of the site and plan appropriate emergency rehabilitation measures. The Committee invited the State Party to cooperate with the Centre and IUCN to submit to the twenty-fourth session of the Committee, in accordance with paragraphs 86 - 90 of the Operational Guidelines, a detailed state of conservation report and corrective measures for mitigating threats to the site, to enable the Committee to consider including this property in the List of World Heritage in Danger."
23 COM XV.4.1
International Assistance for Natural Heritage approved by the Committee
The Committee examined and approved the following request for international assistance for natural heritage for a total of US$ 50,000, which had been recommended by the Bureau:
1.AFRICA(d).II COTE D'IVOIRE Technical Co-operation
Strengthening protection of Comoe National Park
US$ 59,500 requested US$ 50,000 approved
The Committee approved a sum of US$ 50,000 of the US$ 59,500 requested by the State Party and requested the World Heritage Centre and the State Party to co-operate to achieve cost-savings in the budget lines concerned with the purchase of vehicles and computers and printers. The Committee invited the State Party to provide a detailed progress report on the implementation of the project to the twenty-fourth session of the Committee in 2000.
The Bureau may wish to transmit the above report to the Committee for examination and recommends the following for adoption:
“The Committee requests the State Party to consider inviting a Centre/IUCN mission to the site during the year 2000 in order to review threats to the integrity of the site and plan emergency rehabilitation measures as appropriate. The Committee may invite the State Party to co-operate with the Centre and IUCN in order to submit to the twenty-fourth session of the Committee, in accordance with paragraphs 86 – 90 of the Operational Guidelines, a detailed state of conservation report and corrective measures for mitigating threats to the site, so as to enable the Committee to consider including this property in the List of World Heritage in Danger.”
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”).