1.         Ichkeul National Park (Tunisia) (N 8)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1980

Criteria  (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/8/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0 (from 1981-1981)
Total amount approved: USD 30,000
For details, see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/8/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds

N/A

Previous monitoring missions

N/A

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Illustrative material  see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/8/

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 1985

[Oral report]

The critical situation of this park, as reported to the Bureau at its 9th session (see text below) had not altered and IUCN noted that if compensatory measures to re-establish the water regime of this Park were not taken very soon, the property would lose its international importance for migratory wildfowl.

 

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9BUR: The Bureau was informed that this internationally important wetland site is subject to a number of threats, including air and water pollution, grazing by domestic stock and hunting, but a large water resource development project may result in very significant impacts on the integrity of the area. The scheme calls for the construction of dams on all six rivers that feed the Ichkeul wetland. The plan is now underway with one dam completed and another in the process of filling. This diversion of freshwater will take about 75% of the inflow to the park which will lose its ability to support the vast numbers of wintering waterfowl for which it is now famous. Compensatory management schemes include a sluice but costs are very high and no formal decisions have been made. To exacerbate the problem, it has been reported that the budget for the park has been reduced from $18,000 in 1984 to $ 7, 000 in 1985. The Bureau requested the Secretariat to contact the Tunisian authorities to initiate the process for inscription on the list of World Heritage in Danger.

Analysis and Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre and IUCN

IUCN therefore strongly recommended the inclusion of this Park in the List of World Heritage in Danger.

The Tunisian authorities had not responded to the Secretariat's request for further information, however, the representative of Tunisia informed the Committee that he would take up this matter at the highest level and he would inform the Secretariat and IUCN of the results of this enquiry.

Decision Adopted: 9 COM XIII.B

Ichkeul National Park, Tunisia: The critical situation of this park, as reported to the Bureau at its 9th session had not altered and IUCN noted that if compensatory measures to re-establish the water regime of this Park were not taken very soon, the property would lose its international importance for migratory wildfowl. IUCN therefore strongly recommended the inclusion of this Park in the List of World Heritage in Danger. The Tunisian authorities had not responded to the Secretariat's request for further information, however, the representative of Tunisia informed the Committee that he would take up this matter at the highest level and he would inform the Secretariat and IUCN of the results of this enquiry.