1.         W-Arly-Pendjari Complex (Benin,Burkina Faso,Niger) (N 749bis)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1996

Criteria  (ix)(x)

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

Previous Committee Decisions  see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/749/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0 (from 1997-2002)
Total amount approved: USD 105,450
For details, see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/749/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds

N/A

Previous monitoring missions

UNESCO/RAMSAR mission, 8-22 May 2004

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Illustrative material  see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/749/

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2005

At its 28th session (Suzhou, 2004), the Committee requested that the State Party provide a report on the results of any environmental impact assessment which might be carried out or of any decisions taken concerning the planned dam and mining inside the Park.  On 25 March 2005, the Centre received from the State Party a letter confirming once again that no relevant environmental study had been undertaken, for the simple reason that Niger is no longer considering the construction of a dam or the working of a mine in the W National Park.  It should also be noted that a proposal to extend the W Park into a transboundary property with Burkina Faso and Benin is in hand with the support of the ECOPAS regional programme (Ecosystèmes Protégés en Afrique Sahélienne – Protected Ecosystems in North-West Africa).

Analysis and Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre and IUCN

N/A

Decision Adopted: 29 COM 7B.3

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-05/29.COM/7B.Rev,

2. Recalling its Decision 28 COM 15B.1 adopted at its 28th session (Suzhou, 2004),

3. Thanks the State Party of Niger for its decision to forego the construction of a dam and mining activities in the W National Park;

4. Encourages Niger, Burkina Faso and Benin to finalise the proposal to extend the W Park into a transboundary property between the three countries.