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Ichkeul National Park

Tunisia
Factors affecting the property in 2002*
  • Air pollution
  • Erosion and siltation/ deposition
  • Livestock farming / grazing of domesticated animals
  • Management systems/ management plan
  • Subsistence hunting
  • Water (rain/water table)
  • Water infrastructure
  • Other Threats:

    Excessive salinity of the water

Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports
  • Construction of dams;
  • Hunting;
  • Grazing,
  • Air pollution;
  • Problems caused by siltation of the lake;
  • Need to update the integrated management plan for the site
International Assistance: requests for the property until 2002
Requests approved: 4 (from 1981-2002)
Total amount approved : 140,000 USD
Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2002

At its 25th session, the Committee noted the emergency assistance request submitted by the State Party to: (a) convene a workshop on the rational management of water resources in the Ichkeul catchment; and to (b) implement a follow up programme for monitoring the results of the actions and plans to rehabilitate the Ichkeul Lake ecosystem. The follow up monitoring programme is expected to meet the recommendations of the Committee, reiterated during its last two sessions, with regard to elaborating a monitoring programme that would define indicators and benchmarks that would guide the Committee’s assessment of the outcome of the State Party efforts to rehabilitate the Ichkeul Lake ecosystem. The Chairperson has approved a sum of US$ 50,000 for the emergency assistance project.

IUCN will assist the Centre and the State Party to organize the workshop and associated missions and activities.  The workshop is scheduled to be held in September 2002. At the time of writing of this report, the Centre is negotiating the terms of reference for establishing the contract for the use of the US$ 50,000 approved by the Chairperson as emergency assistance for the rehabilitation of the Lake Ichkeul Ecosystem.

Decisions adopted by the Committee in 2002
26 COM 21A.6
Ichkeul National Park (Tunisia)
The World Heritage Committee:

1. Notes that a workshop to define the indicators, benchmarks and other components of a scientific monitoring programme to guide the Committee's future assessments of the performance of the rehabilitation programme for the Ichkeul Lake National Park, will be organized in September 2002 using funds provided under an emergency grant of US$50,000 from the World Heritage Fund in May 2002;

2. Invites the State Party to submit a detailed report on the results of the emergency assistance project, including a description of the monitoring programme, its financing and plans for its implementation, for examination at its 27th session in June/July 2003;

3. Decides to retain the site on the List of World Heritage in Danger.

The Committee may wish to adopt the following:

 

"The Committee notes with satisfaction the organization of a workshop in order to define the indicators, benchmarks and other components of a scientific monitoring programme that would guide the Committee’s future assessments of the performance of the rehabilitation programme for the Ichkeul Lake National Park. The Committee invites the State Party to submit a detailed report on the results of the emergency assistance project, including a description of the monitoring programme, to the 27th session of the Committee in June 2003. The Committee decides to retain this site in the List of World Heritage in Danger“

Report year: 2002
Tunisia
Date of Inscription: 1980
Category: Natural
Criteria: (x)
Danger List (dates): 1996-2006
Documents examined by the Committee
arrow_circle_right 26COM (2002)
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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