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UNESCO World Heritage

Niger, Historic Centre of Agadez

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, January 07, 2014 at 05:45:59

Location Agadez, Niger
Coordinates N16 58 25 E7 59 29
Property 78 ha
Date of Inscription 2013

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1268 )

Known as the gateway to the desert, Agadez, on the southern edge of the Sahara desert, developed in the 15th and 16th centuries when the Sultanate of Aïr was established and Touareg tribes were sedentarized in the city, respecting the boundaries of old encampments, which gave rise to a street pattern still in place today. The historic centre of the city, an important crossroads of the caravan trade, is divided into 11 quarters with irregular shapes. They contain numerous earthen dwellings and a well-preserved group of palatial and religious buildings including a 27m high minaret made entirely of mud brick, the highest such structure in the world. The site is marked by ancestral cultural, commercial and handicraft traditions still practiced today and presents exceptional and sophisticated examples of earthen architecture.

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Historic Centre of Agadez Agadez Mosque

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Niger, W National Park of Niger

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, November 06, 2012 at 05:51:38

Location Départment de Tillaberi, arrondisement de Say, Niger
Coordinates N12 20 60 E2 21 0
Property 220,000 ha
Date of Inscription 1996

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/749 )

The part of 'W' National Park that lies in Niger is situated in a transition zone between savannah and forest lands and represents important ecosystem characteristics of the West African Woodlands/Savannah Biogeographical Province. The site reflects the interaction between natural resources and humans since Neolithic times and illustrates the evolution of biodiversity in this zone.

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African elephants, W National Park W National Park

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Niger, Air and Ténéré Natural Reserves

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, November 06, 2012 at 05:43:58

Location Départment d’Agades, arrondissement d’Arlit, Niger
Coordinates N18 0 0 E9 0 0
Property 7,736,000 ha
Date of Inscription 1991

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/573 )

This 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.

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Air and Tenere Natural Reserves

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