Aïr and Ténéré National Nature Reserve

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Air and Ténéré Natural Reserves
UNESCO World Heritage Site
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Map of Aïr and Ténéré Natural Reserves
LocationAïr Mountains, Ténéré, Arlit Department, Niger
Includes
CriteriaNatural: (vii), (ix), (x)
Reference573
Inscription1991 (15th Session)
Endangered1992 –
Area7,736,000 ha (29,870 sq mi)
Websitehttp://www.cons-dev.org/consdev/niger/PARCAIR/ParcAir.html
Coordinates18°N 9°E / 18°N 9°E / 18; 9
Aïr and Ténéré National Nature Reserve is located in Niger
Aïr and Ténéré National Nature Reserve
Aïr & Ténéré Natural Reserves in Niger

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 Natural Reserves UNESCO World Heritage Site was established in 1991, and designated as a site in danger in 1992. It was designated under criteria vii, ix, x, and is designated #573. The entire reserve covers 77,360 square kilometres (29,870 sq mi), which made it the second largest nature reserve in Africa, and the fourth largest in the world.[2]

UNESCO's Aïr and Ténéré Natural Reserves include two parts:

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

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