Committee Decisions

34 COM 7A.10

Aïr and Ténéré Natural Reserves (Niger) (N 573)

The World Heritage Committee;

1. Having examined Document WHC-10/34.COM/7A,

2. Recalling Decision 33 COM 7A.10, adopted at its 33rd session (Seville, 2009),

3. Acknowledges the on-going efforts of the State Party with support of the UNDP/GEF COGERAT project (Co-management of natural resources in the Aïr and Ténéré Natural Reserves and adjacent areas) to implement the corrective measures identified by the 2005 IUCN monitoring mission in spite of the challenging security situation, but reiterates that given the size of the property it will take time before a positive impact on the recovery of the property's Outstanding Universal Value can be registered;

4. Welcomes the improvement in the security situation following the signing of a Peace Accord in October 2009;

5. Urges the State Party to take advantage of this improvement to speed up the implementation of the corrective measures adopted by the World Heritage Committee at its 29th session (Durban, 2005) and in particular address with priority the poaching and illegal resource use through mixed patrols comprising staff of the reserve and the community surveillance units at site-level and allocate an annual budget for this;

6. Calls upon the international community to increase its support for the implementation of the corrective measures, and in particular UNDP/GEF to rapidly approve the second phase of the COGERAT project;

7. Also welcomes the State Party's willingness to undertake an evaluation of the state of conservation of the property, and requests it to submit an International Assistance Request for a comprehensive survey of the population size and distribution of threatened species, including details on the proposed survey methodology, in collaboration with the IUCN Species Survival Commission, in particular the Antelope Specialist Group;

8. Reiterates its request to the State Party to develop, in consultation with the World Heritage Centre and IUCN, a proposal for the Desired State of Conservation for removal of the property from the List of World Heritage in Danger, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 35th session in 2011;

9. Also reiterates its request to the State Party to invite a joint World Heritage Centre/IUCN monitoring mission, after a comprehensive threatened species survey is undertaken, in order to assess the state of conservation of the property and progress made in the implementation of the corrective measures, with a view to establishing a Desired State of Conservation for removal of the property from the List of World Heritage in Danger, update the corrective measures and set a timeframe for their implementation;

10. Requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2011, a detailed report on the state of conservation of the property, and in particular on the implementation of the corrective measures and other recommendations of the World Heritage Committee, in particular the comprehensive survey of threatened species within the property, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 35th session in 2011;

11. Decides to retain Aïr and Ténéré Natural Reserves (Niger) on the List of World Heritage in Danger.

Documents
PDF Original Decision Document
Context of Decision
PDF WHC-10/34.COM/7A
Themes: Conservation, List of World Heritage in Danger
States Parties: Niger
Session: 34COM