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W-Arly-Pendjari Complex

Benin, Burkina Faso, Niger
Factors affecting the property in 2005*
  • Management systems/ management plan
  • Mining
  • Water infrastructure
Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports
  • Phosphate mining project
  • Dam project
  • Lack of monitoring of the implementation of the Management Plan.
International Assistance: requests for the property until 2005
Requests approved: 4 (from 1997-2002)
Total amount approved : 105,450 USD
2002 Confection des plaques de commémoration de 2 sites ... (Approved)   450 USD
1998 Strengthening Management Capacity of "W" National Park ... (Approved)   45,000 USD
1997 Purchase of Equipment for W National Park (Approved)   50,000 USD
1997 Equipment for W National Park (Approved)   10,000 USD
Missions to the property until 2005**

UNESCO/RAMSAR mission, 8-22 May 2004

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2005

At its 28th session (Suzhou, 2004), the Committee requested that the State Party provide a report on the results of any environmental impact assessment which might be carried out or of any decisions taken concerning the planned dam and mining inside the Park.  On 25 March 2005, the Centre received from the State Party a letter confirming once again that no relevant environmental study had been undertaken, for the simple reason that Niger is no longer considering the construction of a dam or the working of a mine in the W National Park.  It should also be noted that a proposal to extend the W Park into a transboundary property with Burkina Faso and Benin is in hand with the support of the ECOPAS regional programme (Ecosystèmes Protégés en Afrique Sahélienne – Protected Ecosystems in North-West Africa).

Decisions adopted by the Committee in 2005
29 COM 7B.3
W National Park of Niger (Niger)

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-05/29.COM/7B.Rev,

2. Recalling its Decision 28 COM 15B.1 adopted at its 28th session (Suzhou, 2004),

3. Thanks the State Party of Niger for its decision to forego the construction of a dam and mining activities in the W National Park;

4. Encourages Niger, Burkina Faso and Benin to finalise the proposal to extend the W Park into a transboundary property between the three countries.

Draft decision: 29 COM 7B.3

The World Heritage Committee,

1.  Having examined Document WHC-05/29.COM/7B.Rev,

2.  Recalling its Decision 28 COM 15B.1 adopted at its 28th session (Suzhou, 2004),

3.  Thanks the State Party for its decision to forgo the construction of a dam and mining activities in the W National Park;

4.  Encourages Niger, Burkina Faso and Benin to finalise the proposal to extend the W Park into a transboundary property between the three countries. 

Report year: 2005
Burkina Faso Benin Niger
Date of Inscription: 1996
Category: Natural
Criteria: (ix)(x)
Documents examined by the Committee
arrow_circle_right 29COM (2005)
Exports

* : 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”).

** : All mission reports are not always available electronically.


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