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Air and Ténéré Natural Reserves

Niger
Factors affecting the property in 2000*
  • Illegal activities
  • Management systems/ management plan
  • Other Threats:

    Decline in wildlife populations

Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports
  • Armed conflict (issue resolved); 
  • Poaching;
  • Decline in wildlife populations;
  • Need to update the emergency rehabilitation plan
International Assistance: requests for the property until 2000
Requests approved: 5 (from 1999-2000)
Total amount approved : 142,000 USD
Information presented to the Bureau of the World Heritage Committee in 2000

Summary of previous deliberations:
Twenty-third session of the Committee – paragraph number – X.10
Twenty-third ordinary session of the Bureau – paragraph number – IV.9

New information: As part of the implementation of the rehabilitation plan, the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife of Niger, organized a training workshop on the protection of natural heritage for Reserve staff from Forest, Wildlife and Fisheries Departments, and others from the National Museums, University of Niamey, border police, army, security services, tour operators, and other agents concerned with the control of trade in wildlife products and artefacts. The workshop was convened from 20 - 23 March 2000 in Niamey. A detailed report on the outcome of the workshop, and an up-to-date progress report on the implementation of the rehabilitation plan are currently under preparation and will be submitted to the twenty-fourth session of the Committee to be convened in Cairns, Australia from 27 November to 2 December 2000.

IUCN has received reports from its network members that indicate progress in the implmentation of the rehabilitation plan for the site. IUCN and the State Party, under the terms of an MOU signed last year, will aim to achieve the following results during the year 2000: (a) establishment of improved management mechanisms at the site; (b) strengthening operational capacity, including the reinforcement of support to partner organisations; (c) better conservation of natural and cultural values of the site; and (d) strengthening efforts to involve local communities.

Action Required

The Bureau notes that the implementation of the rehabilitation plan, which it endorsed at its twenty-third ordinary session, is currently in progress. The Bureau requested the Centre and IUCN to co-operate with the State Party and submit a progress report on the implementation of the rehabilitation plan, including the views of the State Party views on when the site could be removed from the List of World Heritage in Danger, to the twenty-fourth session of the Committee in Cairns, Australia. The Bureau recommends that the Committee retain this site on the List of World Heritage in Danger.

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2000

In response to the suggestion of the twenty-fourth ordinary session of the Bureau (26 June - 1 July, 2000; Paris) the Centre had sought the views of the State Party on when the site could be removed from the List of World Heritage in Danger. The State Party, via letter dated 16 August 2000, has informed the Centre that it wishes to complete implementation of all activities of the rehabilitation programme before requesting the Committee to consider removing this site from the List of World Heritage in Danger. The State Party estimates that the implementation of the rehabilitation programme will be completed in 2001. A representative from the State Party is due to present a case study on this site at the Centre/IUCN workshop on the "Role of World Heritage in Danger Listing in Promoting International Co-operation for the Conservation of World Natural Heritage", in Amman, Jordan, during 6-7 October 2000.

Decisions adopted by the Committee in 2000
24 BUR IV.A.11
Aïr and Ténéré Natural Reserves (Niger)

The Bureau was informed that, as part of the implementation of the rehabilitation plan, adopted by the Bureau at its session in July 1999, the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife of Niger had organized a training workshop on the protection of natural heritage for Reserve staff from Forest, Wildlife and Fisheries Departments, and others from the National Museums, University of Niamey,  border police, army, security services, tour operators,  and others concerned with the control of trade in wildlife products and artefacts. The Workshop was convened from 20 - 23 March 2000 in Niamey. A detailed report on the outcome of the Workshop, and a progress report on the implementation of the rehabilitation plan are currently under preparation and the main conclusions and recommendations of the Workshop will be presented to the twenty-fourth session of the Committee in Cairns, Australia from 27 November to 2 December 2000.

IUCN informed the Bureau that its network members have reported progress in the implementation of the rehabilitation plan for the site. IUCN and the State Party, under the terms of an MOU signed in 1999, are aiming to achieve the following results during the year 2000: (a) establishment of improved management mechanisms at the site; (b) strengthened operational capacity, including the reinforcement of support to partner organisations; (c) better conservation of natural and cultural values of the site; and (d) strengthened efforts to involve local communities.

The Bureau was pleased to note that the implementation of the rehabilitation plan, which it endorsed at its twenty-third session, is progressing satisfactorily. The Bureau requested the Centre and IUCN to co-operate with the State Party and submit a progress report on the implementation of the rehabilitation plan, including the State Party's views on when the site could be removed from the List of World Heritage in Danger, to the twenty-fourth session of the Committee in Cairns, Australia. The report also should address, as per a suggestion made by the Delegate of Zimbabwe, progress made with regard to attaining targets set for the year 2000 and described in items (a) – (d) above. The Bureau recommended that the Committee retain this site in the List of World Heritage in Danger.

24 COM VIII.12
Aïr and Ténéré Natural Reserves (Niger)

VIII.12 Aïr and Ténéré Natural Reserves (Niger)

The Committee was informed that the State Party had notified the Centre that it wished to complete implementation of all activities of the rehabilitation programme before requesting the Committee to consider removing this site from the List of World Heritage in Danger. A representative of the State Party who participated and presented a paper at the Amman Workshop confirmed this position of the State Party.

The Committee invited the State Party to submit a comprehensive progress report, before 15 April 2001, to the Centre on the achievements of the rehabilitation programme implemented to date. It also requested the Centre and IUCN to review that report and submit their findings to the twenty-fifth ordinary session of the Bureau in 2001. The Centre and IUCN should undertake a detailed assessment of the threats to the site that have been effectively mitigated and determine the need for any additional actions that may be required to enable the twenty-fifth session of the Committee to decide whether or not this site could be removed from the List of World Heritage in Danger by the Committee at its twenty-fifth session at the end of 2001. The Committee retained this site in the List of World Heritage in Danger.

24 COM XIV.2
Requests for International Assistance: Preparatory Assistance

XIV.2 Requests for International Assistance

The Bureau met during the twenty-fourth session of the Committee after the budget for Technical Assistance for year 2001 under Chapter III was approved, to take decisions or recommend decisions to the Committee concerning international assistance requests. The attention of the Committee and Bureau was drawn to document WHC-2000/CONF.204/17 and 6 requests for decision by the Committee and 14 requests for decision by the Bureau were examined and took the following decisions. All decisions taken by the Bureau and Committee concerning these requests are listed below:

(i) Preparatory Assistance

Mixed Heritage

No: 2001-444 Philippines

"Regional expert meeting for the preparation of the World Heritage nomination file of the Batanes Archipelago and Ivatan Archaeological Landscape in the Philippines"

The Bureau approved the requested amount of US$ 30,000 to support the proposed activity, requesting the World Heritage Centre to co-ordinate the implementation of the activity in close collaboration with the State Party and the UNESCO Bangkok Office.

New request presented to the Bureau: Kyrgystan

"Preparation of the nomination dossier for the Cholpon-Ata Petroglyphs in the Issyk-Kul Basin as a mixed property."

The Bureau approved the requested amount of US$ 23,100 to support the proposed activity.

The Bureau noted with appreciation that this was the first international assistance request submitted by this relatively new State Party to the Convention with no property inscribed on the World Heritage List, and that this activity would eventually lead to a better representation of the World Heritage List in the Central Asian Region.

Cultural Heritage

No: 2001-423 Mali

"Preparation of a nomination file for the Askia Tomb in Gao"

The Bureau approved this request for US$ 30,000 subject to the State Party paying its dues to the Fund, and requested the Centre to ask the national authorities to implement the activity within the framework of Africa 2009.

No: 2001-433 Niger

"Preparation of the cultural nomination for the Aïr and Ténéré site as a mixed site"

The Bureau approved this request for US$ 15,000 subject to the State Party paying its dues to the Fund, and requested the Centre to clarify with the national authorities the points raised by the Advisory Bodies before preparation of the contracts.

No. 2001-449 United Republic of Tanzania

Preparation of nomination for the Kondoa Irangi Rock Art Paintings

The Bureau approved US$ 30,000 for this activity, which should be implemented within the framework of Africa 2009, following the activities implemented in year 2000.

No. 2001-427 Peru

"Background Studies and Preparation of Nomination Dossier for the Historic Centre of Trujillo"

The Bureau approved US$ 15,000 for this activity, subject to the State Party paying its dues to the Fund.

No: 2001-454 Israel

"Meeting for the harmonisation of the Tentative Lists within the same geo-cultural area"

After discussing this case at length, the Bureau decided to defer approval of this request, recommending the State Party to reformulate the request with the agreement of the other Party and authority concerned (Jordan and Palestine) in the same geo-cultural region.

The Committee may wish to adopt the following decision:

“The Committee invites the State Party to submit a comprehensive progress report, before 15 April 2001, to the Centre on the achievements of the rehabilitation programme implemented and requests the Centre and IUCN to review that report and submit their findings to the twenty-fifth ordinary session of the Bureau in 2001. The Centre and IUCN should undertake a detailed assessment of the threats to the site that have been effectively mitigated and determine the need for any additional actions that may be required to enable the twenty-fifth session of the Committee to determine whether or not this site could be removed from the List of World Heritage in Danger by the Committee at its twenty-fifth session at the end of 2001. The Committee decides that this site be retained in the List of World Heritage in Danger”.

 

Report year: 2000
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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