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Niger - Overview

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Main References

National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (v.2)

Fifth National Report



National Website

Status and Trends of Biodiversity

Overview

Niger is an overall arid country, with 75% of its territory covered by desert ecosystems, including the terrifying Ténéré desert, particularly famous for its aridity. Despite its aridity, this ecosystem is home to Niger’s largest protected area, refuge for many threatened species, which covers an area of approximately 7... More »

Number and Extent of Protected Areas

Protected areas in Niger cover approximately 8.5 million hectare, equivalent to 6.6% of the national territory. The five existing protected areas are the W National Parc (220,000 ha), the Gadabegi total reserve (76,000 ha), the Dosso partial faunal reserve (306,000 ha), the Tamou total faunal reserve (75,000 ha), and the “Aïr Ténéré” National Nature Reserve (7,736,000 ha), which includes the Addax Sanctuary (1,280,500 ha)... More »

Percentage of Forest Cover

In 2005, forest cover, including managed and degraded forests, was estimated at 11.2 million ha, of which 0.6 million ha was classified forests. This represents 8% of the national territory.

National Biodiversity Strategy Action Plan

Major features of National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan

The strategic objectives focus on: a specific framework for biodiversity related sectors; the multisectoral integration of biodiversity programmes; technical models of integrated management; and further research and adequate use of results. The strategy covers 16 priority themes, such as wild fauna, energy, agriculture, territory planning, water management, community participation, traditional knowledge and spiritual values, and environmental emergencies... More »

Implementation of the Convention

Measures Taken to Achieve the 2010 Target

Niger is committed to achieving the 2010 target through its Rural Development Strategy adopted in November 2003, which contains 10 structural programmes and 4 sectoral priority programmes. The action plan of this strategy was adopted in October 2006. The strategy takes into consideration some of the objectives relating to protected areas, reduction in the loss of certain species, sustainable exploitation of resources, restrictions for commercial trade of threatened species, reduction of habitat degradation, adaptation to climate change, reduction of pollution, etc... More »

Initiatives in Protected Areas

Specific plans and strategies, such as Rural Development Strategy and its action plan, include objectives related to protected areas in regard to five of the work programmes: agricultural biodiversity, inland water biodiversity, arid and sub-humid land biodiversity, forest biodiversity, and mountain biodiversity (Niger being a continental country)... More »

Initiatives for Article 8(j)

A study on the evaluation of capacity building needs in regard to this article has been undertaken in 2005. Objectives related to article 8(j) have been taken into consideration in national strategies related to biodiversity and rural development. The State supports traditional practitioners in the promotion of innovations and traditional knowledge... More »

National Contacts

Full details of national contacts »

Convention on Biological Diversity

Dr. Maâzou Kamayé
CBD Primary NFP, CHM NFP, GTI NFP
Mr. Boukar Attari
SBSTTA NFP, ICNP ABS NFP, Protected Areas NFP
Mme. Abdou Alimatou Douki
GSPC NFP

Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

Mr. Mahaman Gado Zaki
Cartagena Protocol Primary NFP, BCH NFP

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