Dinosaur Provincial Park
In addition to its particularly beautiful scenery, Dinosaur Provincial Park – located at the heart of the province of Alberta's badlands – contains some of the most important fossil discoveries ever made from the 'Age of Reptiles', in particular about 35 species of dinosaur, dating back some 75 million years.
2017 Conservation Outlook
The site is strongly protected, professionally managed under effective administrative regimes and enjoys the support from the local community and, in turn, the site's values support the local community economically.
Current state and trend of VALUES
Overall PROTECTION and MANAGEMENT
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Description of values
Exceptional natural beauty
Outstanding examples of the earth's paleontology history and on-going geologic processess
Domestic grazing outside the park is also leased and controlled to limit impact of the site's values. Notations are placed on the lease that the lease is within the World Heritage Site.
Environmental impact and facility design standards associated with Alberta provincial parks are implemented.
Facilities to capture tourists visiting the site are established at the entrance to the site.
In addition, there is a high-level, online process to review, co-ordinate and manage research permits to ensure both resource protection and meaningful scientific contributions.
Visitation contributes to the local economy.
|№||Organization/ individuals||Project duration||Brief description of Active Projects|
|1||Royal Tyrell Museum||
||Continuing paleontology research|
|2||Dinosaur Research Institute||
||Continuing paleontology research|
|№||Site need title||Brief description of potential site needs||Support needed for following years|
|1||Study of increased visitation of the provincial park component of the World heritage Site||The management of tourism and visitation in the park portion of the site is highly effective for the majority of the year. However, recent tourism promotion has resulted in a significant increase in visitation in July and August: at times, beyond the capacity of the site's present infrastructure.This impact needs to be reviewed to consider its consistency and acceptability to ensure the site's values are maintained and the results integrated into the draft management plan.||
|1||Anon. 2004. Pilot inventory of invasive plant species in Dinosaur Provincial Park. Alberta Sustainable Resource Development Publication.|
|2||Brinkman, Donald B., Densmore, Michael, Rabi, Marton, Ryan, Michael J. and Evans, David C. (2015) Marine turtles from the Late Cretaceous of Alberta, Canada” Canadian Journal of Earth Science, Volume 52 NRC Research Press. pp.581-589.|
|3||Brown, Sarah A. E., Collinson, Margaret E. and Scott, Andrew C. (2013) Did fire play a role in formation of dinosaur-rich deposits? An example from the Late Cretaceous of Canada. A Journal of the Senckenberg Research Institute,<http://www.researchgate.net/publication/271951409|
|4||Confidential consultation (2017)|
|5||Confidential consultation (2017)|
|6||Eagles, P. et al. (2004) Best practice study for sustainable tourism at Dinosaur Provincial Park. Miscell. Pub., Ontario, Canada.|
|7||IBI Group (2010) Dinosaur Provincial Park and area tourism development study. Miscell. Pub., Government of Alberta.|
|8||IUCN (1979) World Heritage Nomination - IUCN Evaluation, Dinosaur Provincial Park (Canada). <http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/71/documents/>.|
|9||IUCN (2015) Adoption of Retrospective Statements of Outstanding Universal Value. World Heritage Centre. pp31-32|
|10||State Party of Canada (1979) Nomination for the World Heritage List of Canadian Natural Site Dinosaur Provincial Park.|
|11||State Party of Canada (2006) Periodic Report First Cycle: Dinosaur Provincial Park. Paris, France: UNESCO World Heritage Centre.|
|12||State Party of Canada (2014) Periodic Report Second Cycle Section II: Dinosaur Provincial Park. Paris, France: UNESCO World Heritage Centre. <http://whc.unesco.org/archive/periodicreporting/EUR/cycle02…;.|
|13||UNEP-WCMC (2012) Dinosaur Provincial Park. UNEP-WCMC World Heritage Information Sheets. Cambridge, UK: UNEP-WCMC.|
|14||World Heritage Committee (1991) Decision 15 COM VIII. Dinosaur Provincial Park (Canada). <http://whc.unesco.org/en/decisions/3489>.|
|15||World Heritage Committee (1992) Decision 16 COM VIII.12. Dinosaur Provincial Park (Canada). <http://whc.unesco.org/en/decisions/3408>.|