Aïr and Ténéré National Nature Reserve

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UNESCO World Heritage Site
Air and Ténéré Natural Reserves
Name as inscribed on the World Heritage List
Aïr and Ténéré National Nature Reserve
Location Niger
Type Natural
Criteria vii, ix, x
Reference 573
UNESCO region Africa
Inscription history
Inscription 1991 (15th Session)
Endangered 1992-

The Aïr and Ténéré National Nature Reserve is a national nature reserve in Niger. It includes several overlapping reserve designations, and is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It covers both the eastern half of the Aïr Mountains and the western sections of the Ténéré desert. It has been identified by BirdLife International as an Important Bird Area.[1]

The Aïr and Ténéré UNESCO World Heritage Site was established in 1991, and marked as endangered 1992. It was designated under criteria vii, ix, x, and is designated #573. The entire reserver covers 77,360 km2, which made it the second largest nature reserve in Africa, and the fourth largest in the world.[2]

The Reserve includes two parts:

  • Aïr and Ténéré National Nature Reserve, IUCN type IV[3]
Established 1 January 1988
64,560 km²
Strict Nature Reserve IUCN type Ia
Established 1 January 1988
12,800 km²


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Coordinates: 18°00′N 9°00′E / 18.000°N 9.000°E / 18.000; 9.000