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Ichkeul National Park

Tunisia
Factors affecting the property in 1996*
  • Air pollution
  • Livestock farming / grazing of domesticated animals
  • Subsistence hunting
  • Water (rain/water table)
  • Water infrastructure
Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports
  • Construction of dams;
  • Hunting;
  • Grazing,
  • Air pollution
International Assistance: requests for the property until 1996
Requests approved: 3 (from 1981-1991)
Total amount approved : 90,000 USD
1991 Consultancy, equipment, design and construction costs ... (Approved)   40,000 USD
1989 Financial contribution to the preparation of exhibits ... (Approved)   20,000 USD
1981 Study on Ichkeul National Park (Approved)   30,000 USD
Missions to the property until 1996**
Information presented to the Bureau of the World Heritage Committee in 1996

The site was included on the World Heritage List in 1980. IUCN will present a report on threats to the site which was prepared in cooperation with the Ramsar Convention Secretariat.

Action Required

The Bureau may wish to take note of this information and make a recommendation to the Committee in light of the findings of this report.

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 1996

The site was included on the World Heritage List in 1980. IUCN informed the Bureau that it will present a report at the extraordinary session of the Bureau on threats to the site which was prepared in cooperation with the Ramsar Convention Secretariat.

Analysis and Conclusion by World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies in 1996

The Bureau may wish to examine the report that IUCN will present during its session and take the appropriate action thereupon.

Decisions adopted by the Committee in 1996
20 BUR IV.7
Ichkeul National Park (Tunisia)

The Bureau was informed that the report of IUCN will be presented to the twentieth extraordinary session of the Bureau of the World Heritage Committee and examined at that time.

20 COM VII.D.36
SOC: Ichkeul National Park (Tunisia)

VII. 36 Ichkeul National Park (Tunisia)

The Committee recalled that the site was included on the World Heritage List in 1980 and took note of the report presented by IUCN on threats to the site which was prepared in cooperation with the Ramsar Convention Secretariat. The report confirmed that the construction of dams had a devastating impact on the wetland values of Ichkeul National Park. The significant adverse environmental impact of the construction of two dams limiting the freshwater flow to the area was also described in a recent report by the Tunisian Ministry of the Environment. It also confirmed that the Park no longer supports the large migrating bird populations that it used to and the salinity of the lake and marshes has dramatically increased. In addition, structural problems remain, as the Park lacks sufficient infrastructure, budget and management.

The Committee was informed that the Bureau at its twentieth extraordinary session recalled debates held concerning inclusion of the site on the List of World Heritage in Danger beginning in 1985 and considered the possibility of an eventual deletion of this property from the World Heritage List. The Bureau discussed if a rehabilitation of the site is at all possible and requested the Secretariat to write immediately to the Tunisian authorities to (a) inform them about the Bureau's concerns, (b) to inform them about the Bureau's recommendation to include the site on the List of World Heritage in Danger, and (c) to inform them of the possible deletion of Lake Ichkeul from the World Heritage List if the integrity of the site is lost.

The Secretariat informed the Committee that the Tunisian authorities responded to the Secretariat's letter by fax of 3 December 1996 from the Minister for the Environment. He indicated that the situation had evolved since 1994 and that in 1995/96 rainfall has been high and that the salinity of the Lake was around 30grams/litre. He concluded that the Ichkeul ecosystem is not irreversibly lost and that the Committee should not consider a declassification of the site. The Committee took note of the information provided by the State Party.

The Committee decided to: (a) inscribe Ichkeul National Park on the List of World Heritage in Danger; (b) request the authorities to provide a programme of anticipated corrective measures to reverse the degradation of the site, and (c) inform the authorities of the possibilities of the deletion of the property from the World Heritage List if rehabilitation of the site would not be possible.

20 COM VIII.A.4
Properties Inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger

VII.4 The Committee at its twentieth session examined the state of conservation reports contained in Working Document WHC-96/CONF.201/7B, and additional information provided in Information Document WHC-96/CONF.201/INF.23 and decided to include the following properties on the List of World Heritage in Danger:

Simen National Park (Ethiopia)

Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve (Honduras)

Ichkeul National Park (Tunisia)

Garamba National Park (Zaire)

Report year: 1996
Tunisia
Date of Inscription: 1980
Category: Natural
Criteria: (x)
Danger List (dates): 1996-2006
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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