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Decision : 27 COM 7B.41
Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou (Morocco)

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having taken note of the report submitted by the State Party in March 2003, concerning the implementation of the recommendations contained in the report dated August 2000,;

2. Expresses its concern regarding the information on the state of abandon of the property, the increase of offences in the old Ksar and its state of degradation, the lack of legal protection, delay in the establishment of a technical and administrative structure responsible for the property as well as in the elaboration of a management plan for its safeguarding and presentation;

3. Recalls its concern regarding the implementation of projects at the property when the listing procedure is not yet completed, especially in the absence of an appropriate management plan, prepared according to the recognized international scientific standards, as well as a management structure capable of guaranteeing the general technical coordination and control of the various initiatives;

4. Reiterates once again its request to the Moroccan authorities to adopt, in consultation with the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies, the necessary legal and financial measures for the creation of a specialised technical team and the preparation of the management plan of the property, and to this end, encourages the State Party to request emergency assistance from the World Heritage Fund if necessary;

5. Urges the State Party to finalise the procedure for the national listing of the property and to create by decree an institution, with legal authority, resources and adequate financial means to elaborate a management plan and its technical and administrative implementation at the property, before 31 December 2003,

6. Decides to reconsider the property's inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger at its 28th session in 2004;

7. Requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2004, a progress report on the implementation of the afore-mentioned measures in order that the World Heritage Committee can examine the state of conservation of the property at its 28th session  in 2004.

 Decisions Report
Context of Decision
Themes: Conservation
Focal Point: ARB
States Parties: Morocco
Year: 2003
Decision Code: 27 COM 7B.41