Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls

Zambia, Zimbabwe
Factors affecting the property in 2000*
  • Financial resources
  • Major visitor accommodation and associated infrastructure
  • Management systems/ management plan
Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports
  • Project to construct a dam across the gorge (issue resolved)
  • Proposed hotel complex on the Zambian side of this trans-border World Heritage site

International Assistance: requests for the property until 2000
Requests approved: 0
Total amount approved : 0 USD
Missions to the property until 2000**
Information presented to the Bureau of the World Heritage Committee in 2000

Previous deliberations:          
Twenty-third session of the Committee – paragraph X.28 and Annex VIII
Twenty-third ordinary session of the Bureau – paragraph IV.46 

New information: Despite several attempts by both the Centre and IUCN to have the State Parties concerned organise the national and a bilateral meeting, the Parties have not up to present requested financial support for organisation of those meetings.

Action Required
The Bureau reiterates its earlier request that the States Parties organise national as well as bilateral meetings as soon as possible, and submit a joint request for financial assistance for the organisation of the bilateral meeting.
Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2000

The Centre received an undated letter from the Deputy Executive Director of the Zimbabwe National Museums and Monuments concerning the proposed bilateral meeting between Zambia and Zimbabwe on Victoria Falls/Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. In the letter the Centre was informed that on 17 August 2000 the Zimbabwe National Commission for UNESCO convened high level meeting of the Zimbabwe National stakeholders and that this meeting recommended the setting up of a National Technical Team to produce a comprehensive conservation status report of the property prior to the joint Zimbabwe/Zambia meeting.  The letter said that the report would enable the National Commission for UNESCO to facilitate a joint proposal to request financial assistance to enable the States Parties to organise a bilateral meeting, and that the request was scheduled to be submitted to the “World Heritage Committee” before 15 September 2000.  The Centre was informed through the same letter that the Zimbabwe Technical Team will meet and submit its report on 14 September 2000 and thereafter Zimbabwe would meet with Zambia.  So far no report has been received from Zimbabwe confirming as to whether the above meetings have taken place and no report has been received.

Decisions adopted by the Committee in 2000
24 BUR IV.B.43
Mosi-oa-Tunya/Victoria Falls (Zambia/ Zimbabwe)

The Bureau was informed that the Secretariat undertook a mission to Victoria Falls on 1 June 2000 and held discussions concerning recommendations of the last session of the Committee with both the Zambian and the Zimbabwean authorities on both sides of the site. The mission was informed that national and bilateral meetings would be held in August 2000.

The Delegate of Zimbabwe, speaking on behalf of both States Parties, confirmed to the Bureau the organization of the meeting in August 2000 to finalize a number of issues concerning the management of the site.

The Bureau reiterated its earlier request that the States Parties organise the national as well as bilateral meetings as soon as possible, and submit a joint request for financial assistance for the organisation of the bilateral meeting.

24 COM VIII.iii
State of conservation reports of natural properties noted by the Committee

 State of conservation reports of natural properties noted by the Committee

Belovezhskaya Pushcha/Bialowieza Forest (Belarus/Poland)

Pirin National Park (Bulgaria)

Dja Faunal Reserve (Cameroon)

Gros Morne National Park (Canada)

Canadian Rocky Mountains Parks (Canada)

Comoe National Park (Côte d'Ivoire)

Galapagos Islands (Ecuador)

Komodo National Park (Indonesia)

Lorenz National Park (Indonesia)

Mount Kenya National Park/Natural Forest (Kenya)

Te Wahipounamu - South West New Zealand (New Zealand)

Arabian Oryx Sanctuary (Oman)

Huascarán National Park (Peru)

Danube Delta (Romania)

Lake Baikal (Russian Federation)

Niokolo-Koba National Park (Senegal)

Doñana National Park (Spain)

Sinharaja Forest Reserve (Sri Lanka)

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest (Uganda)

Gough Island (United Kingdom)

Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the Serengeti National Park (United Republic of Tanzania)

Ha Long Bay (Vietnam)

Mosi-oa-Tunya/Victoria Falls (Zambia/Zimbabwe)

The Bureau may wish to adopt the following and transmit it to the Committee for noting:

“The Bureau reiterates its requests of earlier sessions and the those of the Committee, that the States Parties expedite the organisation of the bilateral meeting in order to report to the twenty-fifth session of the Bureau in mid-2001.”

Report year: 2000
Zambia Zimbabwe
Date of Inscription: 1989
Category: Natural
Criteria: (vii)(viii)

* : 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.