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II.

REPORTS ON THE STATE OF CONSERVATION INSCRIBED ON THE WORLD HERITAGE LIST

OF

PROPERTIES

NATURAL PROPERTIES

AFRICA

2.

Rainforests of Atsinanana (Madagascar) (N 1257)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List 2007

Criteria (ix) (x)

Year(s) of inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger N/A

Previous Committee Decisions 31 COM 8B.9; 33 COM 7B.147

International Assistance Total amount provided to the property: USD 30,000 for preparatory assistance

UNESCO extra-budgetary funds Total amount provided to the property: Preparation of the nomination file and development of certain management tools supported through the Madagascar World Heritage programme, with funding from the United Nations Foundation, Conservation International and the Nordic World Heritage Foundation.

Previous monitoring missions None

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports There have been no previous State of Conservation reports. The IUCN evaluation of 2007 mentions the following threats to the property:

  • a)

    Encroachment;

  • b)

    Fire;

  • c)

    Hunting and poaching;

  • d)

    Artisanal mining;

  • e)

    Illegal logging;

Illustrative material http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1257

Current conservation issues

On 30 November 2009, a detailed report on the state of conservation of the Rainforests of Atsinanana World Heritage property was submitted by the State Party. This urgent report was requested by the World Heritage Committee as a result of reports on an important increase of illegal logging in two components of the property, Masoala and Marojejy National parks. The report provides an overview of ongoing management operations across the serial property and of the implementation of the State Party’s Action Plan to halt illegal logging of

State of conservation of World Heritage properties inscribed on the World Heritage List

WHC-10/34.COM/7B.Add, p. 5

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