Air and Ténéré Natural Reserves

Factors affecting the property in 1994*
  • Illegal activities
  • War
Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports

Armed conflict

International Assistance: requests for the property until 1994
Requests approved: 0
Total amount approved : 0 USD
Missions to the property until 1994**
Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 1994

The site was inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger in 1992 as it was affected by civil disturbances and its staff was held hostage. The Centre has contacted the authorities of Niger and was informed that the situation has not improved and that the civil war continues in spite of attempts to resolve the conflict through negotiations.

Analysis and Conclusion by World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies in 1994

It is recommended that the site be retained on the List of World Heritage in Danger.

Decisions adopted by the Committee in 1994
SOC: Aïr-Tenere Natural Nature Reserves (Niger)

Aïr-Tenere Natural Nature Reserves (Niger)

The Committee was informed that the wildlife in this site has been decimated due to the consequences of the conflict between the Resistance Army of the Tuaregs and Government forces. Hence, the Committee was encouraged to note that the warring parties had signed a peace accord on 9 October 1994. The implementation of this accord by the new Government is however an essential prerequisite for the conservation of this site. The Committee requested the Centre to write to the new Government, recalling Niger's international obligations under the Convention to safeguard the Aïr and Tenere Reserves and encourage them to implement the peace accord. The Committee also wished that the Centre inform the Niger authorities that the continuous implementation of the peace accord will permit an assessment of the current status of wildlife populations and the resumption of the IUCN/WWF Project, funded by Denmark and Switzerland.

No draft Decision

Report year: 1994
Date of Inscription: 1991
Category: Natural
Criteria: (vii)(ix)(x)
Danger List (dates): 1992-present
Documents examined by the Committee
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* : 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.