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Air and Ténéré Natural Reserves

Niger
Factors affecting the property in 2003*
  • Financial resources
  • Human resources
  • Illegal activities
  • Legal framework
  • 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
  • Lack of human or financial resources
International Assistance: requests for the property until 2003
Requests approved: 6 (from 1999-2002)
Total amount approved : 142,450 USD
Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2003

The Centre received two letters from the State Party. In a letter dated 22 July 2002, the Minister for the Environment confirmed that the vehicle purchased using resources of the World Heritage Fund was stolen from the Reserve on 19 March 2002. The letter does not provide a detailed report on the circumstances of the incident as requested by the Committee at its 26th session. In another letter dated 4 April 2002, the Director for Wildlife and Fisheries of the same Ministry informs the Centre that the vehicle was transferred to the site without mentioning the fact that the vehicle was stolen. No additional information requested by the Committee was received from the State Party on the staffing, infrastructure development, management and security issues impacting the site. Unconfirmed reports received by the Centre staff indicate that the State Party has difficulties in implementing the ostrich-breeding programme included as part of the rehabilitation plan for the site.

IUCN:

The new information provided above has been proposed on a consensual basis between IUCN and the Centre.

Decisions adopted by the Committee in 2003
27 COM 7A.5
Air and Ténéré Natural Reserves (Niger)

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Expresses its serious concerns regarding the lack of clarity on the information received on the vehicles provided with financial assistance from the World Heritage Fund and reported stolen, and reiterates its request from the 26th session of the Committee in 2002, that the State Party report on the above issue and on progress made in the implementation of the rehabilitation plan;

2. Requests IUCN and the World Heritage Centre, in co-operation with the State Party, to undertake a mission to the property and carry out a systematic assessment and to submit a report by 1 February 2004 for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 28th session in 2004;

3. Decides to retain the Air and Ténéré Nature Reserves on the List of World Heritage in Danger.

27 COM 8B.2
Properties maintained on the List of World Heritage in Danger

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Following examination of state of conservation reports of properties on the List of World Heritage in Danger (WHC-03/27.COM/7A),;

2. Decides to maintain the following properties on the List of World Heritage in Danger:

  • Minaret and Archaeological Remains of Jam, Afghanistan (27 COM 7A.21)
  • Butrint, Albania (27 COM 7A.26 )
  • Tipasa, Algeria (27 COM 7A.17)
  • Royal Palaces of Abomey, Benin (27 COM 7A.15)
  • Angkor, Cambodia (27 COM 7A.22)
  • Manovo-Gounda St. Floris National Park, Central African Republic (27 COM 7A.12 )
  • Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve, Côte d'Ivoire/Guinea (27 COM 7A.4)
  • Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of the Congo (27 COM 7A.2)
  • Garamba National Park, Democratic Republic of the Congo (27 COM 7A.2)
  • Kahuzi-Biega National Park, Democratic Republic of the Congo (27 COM 7A.2)
  • Okapi Wildlife Reserve, Democratic Republic of the Congo (27 COM 7A.2) 
  • Salonga National Park, Democratic Republic of the Congo (27 COM 7A.2)
  • Sangay National Park, Ecuador (27 COM 7A.13)
  • Abu Mena, Egypt (27 COM 7A.18)
  • Simien National Park, Ethiopia (27 COM 7A.3)
  • Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve, Honduras (27 COM 7A.14)
  • Manas Wildlife Sanctuary, India (27 COM 7A.9)
  • Group of Monuments at Hampi, India (27 COM 7A.23)
  • Old City of Jerusalem & its Walls (27COM7A.29)
  • Timbuktu, Mali (27 COM 7A.16)
  • Air & Ténéré Natural Reserves, Niger (27 COM 7A.5)
  • Bahla Fort, Oman (27 COM 7A.19)
  • Fort and Shalamar Gardens in Lahore, Pakistan (27 COM 7A.242)
  • Chan Chan Archaeological Zone, Peru (27 COM 7A.28)
  • Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras, Philippines (27 COM 7A.25)
  • Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary, Senegal (27 COM 7A.6)
  • Ichkeul National Park, Tunisia (27 COM 7A.8)
  • Rwenzori Mountains National Park, Uganda (27 COM 7A.7) 
  • Everglades National Park, United States of America (27 COM 7A.11)
  • Historic Town of Zabid, Yemen (27 COM 7A.20)

Draft 27 COM 7 (a) 5

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Expresses its concern regarding the lack of clarity on the information received on the vehicles provided with financial assistance from the World Heritage Fund and reported stolen and reiterates its request from the 26th session of the Committee for the State Party report on the above issue and progress made in the implementation of the rehabilitation plan;

2. Recommends that the State Party consider inviting a Centre/IUCN mission to undertake a systematic assessment of the implementation of the rehabilitation plan for the site; and

3. Decides to retain the Aïr and Ténéré Nature Reserves on the List of World Heritage in Danger

Report year: 2003
Niger
Date of Inscription: 1991
Category: Natural
Criteria: (vii)(ix)(x)
Danger List (dates): 1992-present
Documents examined by the Committee
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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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