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Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve (Honduras) (N 196)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List 1982

Criteria (vii) (viii) (ix) (x)

Year(s) of inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger 1996-2007

Previous Committee Decisions 31 COM 7A.13; 32COM 7B.38; 33COM 7B.37

International Assistance Conservation: 190,025 USD

UNESCO extra-budgetary funds Total amount provided to the property: USD 80,000 (in addition to approximately USD 100,000 of in-kind technical assistance) under the management effectiveness assessment project “Enhancing our Heritage”

Previous monitoring missions 1995 and 2000: IUCN monitoring missions; 2003 and 2006: World Heritage Centre / IUCN reactive monitoring missions

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

  • a)

    Illegal settlements;

  • b)

    Illegal livestock grazing and agricultural intrusions;

  • c)

    Illegal logging;

  • d)


  • e)

    Invasive exotic species;

  • f)

    Management deficiencies;

  • g)

    Potential impacts from hydroelectric development project Patuca II.

Illustrative material http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/196

Current conservation issues

In July 2009 the World Heritage Centre received a report from the State Party regarding the state of conservation of the property. The property was inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger in 1996 and removed from that List in 2007. In Decisions 32 COM 7B.38 and 33 COM 7B.37, the Committee noted a number of remaining conservation concerns and urged the State Party to: fully implement the 2006 World Heritage Centre/ IUCN mission recommendations, expedite efforts to complete the action plan required for the effective implementation of the recommendations of the 2006 mission, and respond to the report on illegal logging by Global Witness. The State Party report provides an overview of the implementation of the 2006 mission recommendations as follows:


Assure swift and strict enforcement of the law regarding illegal settlement, land use and logging, particularly by ensuring the implementation of the full cycle of the law

With regards to the increase in encroachment by agricultural and land use changes, the State Party reports that illegal settlement by a limited number of families has been detected and that their relocation is underway. The World Heritage Centre and IUCN have received various reports concerning large scale illegal settlement within the property, including the return of previously re-located and compensated families. The World Heritage Centre and IUCN consider that this relocation alone is insufficient to address the larger issue of illegal settlement within the property. The report also mentions a recent study on the economic

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

WHC-10/34.COM/7B.Add, p. 62

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