Niger | Government considering slashing WH-listed Termit & Tin Toumma reserve by 50% for O&G search
Created in 2012, Niger’s Termit and Tin Toumma National Nature Reserve is the last region of the Sahara relatively undisturbed by human activity. But expanding oil exploration threatens this sanctuary for 130 bird and 17 mammal species, including the critically endangered addax (Addax nasomaculatus).
The Termit and Tin Toumma National Nature Reserve (Réserve Naturelle Nationale de Termit et Tin-Toumma) covers nearly 100,000 square kilometers (38,600 square miles) of desert and low mountains in the southern Sahara, an area three times the size of Belgium and as large as the U.S. State of Maine. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is internationally recognized for the biodiversity it hosts within a landscape ranging from mountains and valleys to grassy plains, open desert and sand seas.