State of Conservation (SOC)
Air and Ténéré Natural Reserves (1993)
Desired state of conservation for the removal of the property from the List of World Heritage in Danger
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Current conservation issues
The Bureau recalled that the Committee, at its sixteenth session, included this site in the List of World Heritage in Danger because it was concerned that the region in which it is situated has been affected by civil unrest and that six members of the Reserve staff were being held hostage since February 1992.
The Bureau deeply regretted that two of the six Reserve staff who had been held hostage died during their captivity. The Centre transmitted the Committee's condolences.
The Bureau noted that the Government of Niger has initiated informal negotiations with armed opposition and encouraged the authorities to continue the dialogue with a view to finding an early solution to the conflict in the region. The World Heritage Centre has not received any additional information on the situation.
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Air et Tenere National Nature Reserve (Niger)
The Committee recalled that the site was inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger at its session in 1992. The Committee noted that very little could be done until political negotiations are concluded. It was further noted that the Centre had sent condolences to the families of the reserve staff who were killed during the civil disturbances at the site.
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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”).