State of Conservation (SOC)
Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary (2001)
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:249,607USD
|2001||Support to African countries to attend Regional Workshop on ...||20,000 USD|
|2000||Lutte contre le Salvinia molesta dans le delta du fleuve du ...||130,475 USD|
|1998||2nd International Conference on Wetlands and Development, ...||20,000 USD|
|1992||Purchase of redwood and other materials for repairing sluice ...||10,000 USD|
|1988||Financial contribution to repair sluices in Djoudj National Park||20,000 USD|
|1982||Equipment for biological research and surveillance at Djoudj ...||29,132 USD|
|1980||Joint mission to draw up a plan of protection for Djoudj National ...||20,000 USD|
September 2000: joint World Heritage Centre / IUCN / Ramsar mission; March-April 2001: expert mission
Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports
- Construction of a dam (issue resolved)
- Proliferation of the aquatic fern Salvinia molesta
Current conservation issues
Control and eradication of the invasive species, Salvinia molesta.
In June 2001, the twenty-fifth session of the Bureau noted detailed findings of the results of the two-person mission undertaken to the site from 31 March to 10 April 2001 and mechanical and biological control measures being initiated to prevent the spread of the invasive species Salvinia molesta. The Bureau noted the awareness, donor co-ordination and other co-operative activities needed for the effective eradication of the invasive species.
UNESCO’s Division of Equipment Procurement is in the process of purchasing and delivering essential equipment foreseen as part of the project, for which the Committee approved a sum of US$ 130,000 at its last session in Cairns, Australia. A regional workshop on invasive species was organized from 15 – 17 October 2001, in Djoudj, Senegal, with joint financial support from Ramsar, IUCN and the World Heritage Fund. The Chairperson approved an amount of US$20,000 to enable the participation of World Heritage site managers at this workshop. The aim of the workshop was to work out modalities for a co-operative project on “Wetlands and Harmful Invasive Species in Africa – Awareness and Information” involving IUCN, the Ramsar Convention Bureau, the MacArthur Foundation, Wetlands International, WWF International and others. Focusing on fresh water ecosystems, the programme aimed to define the best strategic tools and the most appropriate operational instruments that can help to achieve the prevention, the control or the eradication of invasive species wherever they can have adverse impacts on ecological, economic and social functions and values of wetlands. The project includes the establishment of a network of expertise (a team that could provide “rapid response services”) that can be accessed quickly by wetland managers in need of further information, and provide assistance in prevention and control of invasive species.
The Committee may wish to adopt the following:
"The Committee reiterates the recommendations of the twenty-fifth session of the Bureau held in June 2001 and requests that the Centre and IUCN collaborate with the State Party, the Ramsar Convention Secretariat, FAO and other partners to further efforts to control and eradicate Salvinia molesta from the Djoudj wetlands. The Committee decides to retain this site on the List of World Heritage in Danger".
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Inscription on the Danger ListYear: 2000 -2006
Threats to the Site:
The sanctuary is threatened by an aquatic fern, Salvinia molesta, which proliferates across the river and invades neighboring Mauritania Diawling park. An attempt biological control - by introducing beetles eating plants supplied by South Africa - has not yielded the expected results.
The national authorities are in favor of registration to facilitate their task and to appeal to donors.Year: 1984 -1988
Threats to the Site:
The Committee was informed by IUCN that the immediate threat posed by the earthen dam upstream from this property had been removed since the recent rains had been sufficiently abundant to wash this temporary dam away. However, the longer term threat posed by the dam to be constructed down-stream still remained and still,seriously jeopardised the future of this site.
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”).