1.         Air and Ténéré Natural Reserves (Niger) (N 573)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1991

Criteria  (vii)(ix)(x)

Year(s) of inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger   1992-present

Previous Committee Decisions  see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/573/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0
Total amount approved: USD 0
For details, see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/573/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds

N/A

Previous monitoring missions

N/A

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Armed conflict

Illustrative material  see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/573/

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 1994

The site was inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger in 1992 as it was affected by civil disturbances and its staff was held hostage. The Centre has contacted the authorities of Niger and was informed that the situation has not improved and that the civil war continues in spite of attempts to resolve the conflict through negotiations.

Analysis and Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre and IUCN

It is recommended that the site be retained on the List of World Heritage in Danger.

Decision Adopted: 18 COM IX

Aïr-Tenere Natural Nature Reserves (Niger)

The Committee was informed that the wildlife in this site has been decimated due to the consequences of the conflict between the Resistance Army of the Tuaregs and Government forces. Hence, the Committee was encouraged to note that the warring parties had signed a peace accord on 9 October 1994. The implementation of this accord by the new Government is however an essential prerequisite for the conservation of this site. The Committee requested the Centre to write to the new Government, recalling Niger's international obligations under the Convention to safeguard the Aïr and Tenere Reserves and encourage them to implement the peace accord. The Committee also wished that the Centre inform the Niger authorities that the continuous implementation of the peace accord will permit an assessment of the current status of wildlife populations and the resumption of the IUCN/WWF Project, funded by Denmark and Switzerland.