Chitwan National Park
ZSL has a long history supporting Chitwan National Park in Nepal, one of the last Bengal tiger and endangered greater one-horned rhino strongholds in Asia, assisting with rhino translocations and anti-poaching patrols to counter the threats from a growing human population and poaching
Dja Faunal Reserve
ZSL is working with the protected area authorities, timber companies and local communities in and around this World Heritage site in southern Cameroon, to build capacity to counter the increasing threat from bushmeat hunting and the illegal wildlife trade, to ensure best practice of commercial timber operations in the area and to support land use planning to reduce the threat from oil palm expansion.
Virunga National Park
ZSL has been working in Virunga since 2002, with recent activities relating to our work on the elusive okapi, found in Virunga’s northern forests, and to highlight the threat from oil development via activities such as an award-winning documentary film, VIRUNGA and news highlighting the potential impact on the remaining okapi.
ZSL review of extractives and World Heritage
We have produced a review of the issues and suggestions on how to address the increasing threats to natural WHSs from extractives activities, including:
- a review of regulatory frameworks for natural World Heritage protection
- a survey of extractives and finance company policies on World Heritage sites
- issues regarding data availability and accuracy on extractives activities in relation to natural World Heritage sites at different spatial scales
- the actual and potential impacts on three case study natural World Heritage Sites (Virunga National Park, Dja Faunal Reserve and the Great Barrier Reef)
- recommendations for multiple stakeholders to better safeguard natural WHSs from these threats.
NGO call for action on extractives and World Heritage
At the IUCN World Parks Congress in Sydney in November 2014, ZSL led a coalition of 9 of the world’s leading conservation NGOs to call for action to address the increasing threat to natural World Heritage sites from the extractives sector.
Read our call to action:
Dr Noëlle Kümpel, Policy Programme Manager