1.         Historic Centre of Agadez (Niger) (C 1268)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  2013

Criteria  (ii)(iii)

Year(s) of inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger  N/A

Previous Committee Decisions  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1268/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0 (from 2002-2002)
Total amount approved: USD 30,000
For details, see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1268/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds

N/A

Previous monitoring missions

N/A

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Illustrative material  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1268/

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2016

On 12 December 2015, the State Party submitted a state of conservation report, which is available at https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1268/documents/. Progress in a number of conservation issues addressed by the Committee at its previous sessions is presented in this brief report, as follows:

Analysis and Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre, ICOMOS and ICCROM

The State Party’ state of conservation report outlines the progress achieved on the recommendations made by the Committee at the time of inscription in 2013, rather than on the specific requests it made in 2014 (Decision 38 COM 7B.52). In brief, the 2013 recommendations were to continue the inventory of monuments and housing, establish restoration standards, monitor the results of the policy prohibiting the use of non-traditional materials, deal with the inappropriate advertisements inside the property and buffer zone, develop monitoring indicators and report the results of their application, engage the population and raise local awareness, focus on the transmission of traditional construction practices, address the question of rare traditional wood species, and pay more attention to sanitation. The progress on these conservation issues described in the current report is encouraging but slow, likely because of difficulties encountered related to inadequate resources.

Absent from this state of conservation report are progress updates on a Tourism Plan and on a more fully-developed elaboration of key monitoring indicators, both of which were highlighted in the Committee’s decision in 2014. The State Party has not commented on whether any progress has been made on a Sustainable Tourism Development and Management Plan. The State Party’ stated intent to update the property’s overall Conservation and Management Plan in 2016 provides a well-timed opportunity to include with it an integrated sustainable tourism strategy.

While a summary table of monitoring indicators and their expected outcomes has been submitted with the current state of conservation report, there remains a need to more fully develop key monitoring indicators in order to be able to assess, both in the moment and over time, whether the values for which the property was inscribed on the World Heritage List are being maintained. These key indicators, both quantitative and qualitative, must be linked directly to the attributes and processes that sustain the Outstanding Universal Value (OUV), including the authenticity and integrity of the property. The key indicators should relate to management systems that actively help to sustain the OUV; they should be practical, so that data can be collected in a regular and systematic way; the periodicity of their examination should be indicated, along with the identity of the authorities responsible for collecting the data; and they should be measurable, wherever this is practicable.

The World Heritage Centre and Advisory Bodies appreciate the State Party’s continuing attention to the recommendations made by the Committee at the time of inscription in 2013. Furthermore, it is recommended that the Committee reiterate its encouragement to the State Party to develop and integrate a Sustainable Tourism Development and Management Plan with the updated Conservation and Management Plan for the property that is planned for 2016 and to consult with the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies to more fully develop key monitoring indicators.

Decision Adopted: 40 COM 7B.16

The World Heritage Committee,
  1. Having examined Document WHC/16/40.COM/7B.Add,
  2. Recalling Decision 38 COM 7B.52, adopted at its 38th session (Doha, 2014),
  3. Notes the progress made by the State Party in addressing the recommendations made by the Committee at the time of inscription, and encourages the State Party to continue to address and resolve the matters raised at that time;
  4. Reiterates its encouragement to the State Party to develop a Sustainable Tourism Development and Management Plan, and furthermore, to integrate it with the property’s overall Conservation and Management Plan that is intended to be updated in 2016;
  5. Reiterates its request to the State Party to consult with the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies to more fully develop key monitoring indicators;
  6. Also requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 December 2017, an updated report on the state of conservation of the property and the implementation of the above.