1.         Ichkeul National Park (Tunisia) (N 8)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1980

Criteria  (x)

Year(s) of inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger    1996-present

Previous Committee Decisions  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/8/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0 (from 1981-2002)
Total amount approved: USD 140,000
For details, see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/8/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds


Previous monitoring missions

January 1997: RAMSAR mission; March 2000: joint IUCN / RAMSAR mission 

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Illustrative material  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/8/

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.

Analysis and Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre and IUCN


Decision Adopted: 26 COM 21A.6

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.