State of Conservation (SOC)
Air and Ténéré Natural Reserves (1997)
Desired state of conservation for the removal of the property from the List of World Heritage in Danger
UNESCO Extra-Budgetary Funds
International Assistance granted to the property
Total Amount Ap proved:0USD
Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports
- Armed conflic (issue resolved);
Current conservation issues
At its last session (Merida, 1996), the Committee had noted that a Peace Agreement signed on 20 April 1995 had allowed for a detailed evaluation of the state of conservation of the site and the development of an action programme. The Bureau, at its twenty-first session, in June 1997, was informed of the findings of a site-visit undertaken by CNRS/EHESS and the staff of the local IUCN Office. The Bureau noted that there were no security problems in the area, decline in wildlife populations was noticeable and that an analysis of the Reserve's situation, by a team including a competent ecologist, was needed. Furthermore, that a proposal to establish a 24 million ha Biosphere Reserve, with the World Heritage site forming the core, and parts of the buffer zones, had been favourably recommended to the MAB Bureau for inclusion in the World Network of Biosphere Reserves. The Delegate of Niger, present at the Bureau session, was of the view that the state of conservation of the site had considerably improved and the site may be removed from the List of World Heritage in Danger. A mission to the site is foreseen in the autumn of 1997.
The Committee may wish to review information which may become available at the time of its session and decide whether Air and Ténéré needs to be retained in the List of World Heritage in Danger.
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VII.20 Air-and-Ténéré Reserve (Niger)
The Committee recalled that the Delegate of Niger, at the twenty-first session of the Bureau, was of the view that the state of conservation of the site had considerably improved and the site may be removed from the List of World Heritage in Danger and that a monitoring mission to the site was foreseen for autumn 1997. The Centre informed the Committee that this mission did not take place due to time constraints. IUCN informed the Committee that a number of activities are underway to resume the IUCN/Danish/Swiss Cooperation project at this site.
In the absence of further information, the Committee decided to retain Air-and-Ténéré Reserve in the List of World Heritage in Danger.
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Decline in wildlife populations
Inscription on the Danger ListYear: 1992
Threats to the Site:
The region having recently suffered from military conflict and civil disturbance, the Government of Niger asked the Director- General of UNESCO to launch an appeal for the protection of the site, which was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1991. Six members of the Reserve staff were being held as hostages since February 1992 and, in compliance with the request of Niger's Permanent Delegation to UNESCO, the Committee decided to inscribe the site on the List of World Heritage in Danger.
The threats indicated are listed in alphabetical order; their order does not constitute a classification according to the importance of their impact on the property.
Furthermore, they are presented irrespective of the type of threat faced by the property, i.e. with specific and proven imminent danger (“ascertained danger”) or with threats which could have deleterious effects on the property’s Outstanding Universal Value (“potential danger”).