Air and Ténéré Natural Reserves



NigerAfricaDépartment d’Agades, arrondissement d’ArlitN18 0 0 E9 0 0199119927,736,000NaturalTo contain superlative natural phenomena or areas of exceptional natural beauty and aesthetic importanceTo be outstanding examples representing significant on-going ecological and biological processes in the evolution and development of terrestrial; fresh water; coastal and marine ecosystems and communities of plants and animalsTo contain the most important and significant natural habitats for in-situ conservation of biological diversity; including those containing threatened species of outstanding universal value from the point of view of science or conservationIllegal activitiesManagement systems/ management planCivil unrestLivestock farming / grazing of domesticated animalsIdentity/ social cohesion/ changes in local population and communityErosion and siltation/ depositionForestry /wood productionWarManagement activitiesFinancial resourcesHuman resourcesLegal framework573http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/573http://whc.unesco.org/en/soc/?action=list&id_site=573This is the largest protected area in Africa, covering some 7.7 million ha, though the area considered a protected sanctuary constitutes only one-sixth of the total area. It includes the volcanic rock mass of the Aïr, a small Sahelian pocket, isolated as regards its climate and flora and fauna, and situated in the Saharan desert of Ténéré. The reserves boast an outstanding variety of landscapes, plant species and wild animals.World Heritage Site
CountryNiger
UNESCO RegionAfrica
LocationDépartment d’Agades, arrondissement d’Arlit
CoordinatesN18 0 0 E9 0 0
Inscription Date1991
In Danger From1992
Property (ha)7,736,000
Type of HeritageNatural
CriteriaTo contain superlative natural phenomena or areas of exceptional natural beauty and aesthetic importance
CriteriaTo be outstanding examples representing significant on-going ecological and biological processes in the evolution and development of terrestrial; fresh water; coastal and marine ecosystems and communities of plants and animals
CriteriaTo contain the most important and significant natural habitats for in-situ conservation of biological diversity; including those containing threatened species of outstanding universal value from the point of view of science or conservation
All ThreatsIllegal activities
All ThreatsManagement systems/ management plan
All ThreatsCivil unrest
All ThreatsLivestock farming / grazing of domesticated animals
All ThreatsIdentity/ social cohesion/ changes in local population and community
All ThreatsErosion and siltation/ deposition
All ThreatsForestry /wood production
All ThreatsWar
All ThreatsManagement activities
All ThreatsFinancial resources
All ThreatsHuman resources
All ThreatsLegal framework
Unesco Reference Number573
URLhttp://whc.unesco.org/en/list/573
State of Conservation Reporthttp://whc.unesco.org/en/soc/?action=list&id_site=573
DescriptionThis is the largest protected area in Africa, covering some 7.7 million ha, though the area considered a protected sanctuary constitutes only one-sixth of the total area. It includes the volcanic rock mass of the Aïr, a small Sahelian pocket, isolated as regards its climate and flora and fauna, and situated in the Saharan desert of Ténéré. The reserves boast an outstanding variety of landscapes, plant species and wild animals.
StatusWorld Heritage Site