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Air and Ténéré Natural Reserves

Niger
Factors affecting the property in 1993*
  • War
Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports

Armed conflict

International Assistance: requests for the property until 1993
Requests approved: 0
Total amount approved : 0 USD
Missions to the property until 1993**
Information presented to the Bureau of the World Heritage Committee in 1993

At its last session, the Committee expressed concern that the region in which this site is situated has recently been affected by civil disturbance and that six members of the Reserve staff were being held hostage since February 1992. In accordance with the wish of the Government of Niger, the Committee included this site in the List of World Heritage in Danger, but decided not to support any mission to the site until such time as security conditions in the region have returned to normal. As instructed by the Committee, the Centre has contacted the Niger authorities and requested them to take all measures possible in order to secure the release of the Reserve staff. Since the last session of the Committee there appears to be no improvement in the situation, and the Centre regrets to report to the Bureau that two of the six members of the Reserve staff who were held hostage since February 1992 had been killed. Any further information regarding the conflict in the region that may become available to the Centre will be reported to the Bureau at the time of its seventeenth session.

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 1993

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.

 

Decisions adopted by the Committee in 1993
17 BUR VIII.2
Air and Ténéré Nature Reserve (Niger)

The Bureau recalled that the Committee, at its last 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 disturbance 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 and the health of the other four who were released in April 1993 was found to be poor. The Bureau instructed the Centre to transmit the Committee's condolences to the families of Messrs Mamadou Cheffou and Alassoum Oumarou who died whilst being held captive. Furthermore, the Bureau also expressed the wish that the four members of the Reserve staff who were released in April 1993 would soon regain their health. 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.

17 COM X
SOC: Air et Tenere National Nature Reserve (Niger)

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.

No draft Decision

Report year: 1993
Niger
Date of Inscription: 1991
Category: Natural
Criteria: (vii)(ix)(x)
Danger List (dates): 1992-present
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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