1.         Historic Centre of Shakhrisyabz (Uzbekistan) (C 885)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  2000

Criteria  (iii)(iv)

Year(s) of inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger  N/A

Previous Committee Decisions  see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/885/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0 (from 1999-1999)
Total amount approved: USD 15,000
For details, see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/885/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds

N/A

Previous monitoring missions

A monitoring mission by an international expert from 23-29 October 2002; An informal site visit (21-23 October 2006) to the Historic Centre of Shakhrisyabz by the World Heritage Centre.

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Lack of a comprehensive conservation and management plan.

Illustrative material  see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/885/

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2007

World Heritage Centre staff members visited Shakhrisyabz from 21-23 October 2006. As a result of this visit, the Board of Monuments of Shakhrisyabz has agreed to develop a site management plan based on the property’s Outstanding Universal Value, reflected in three main attributes:

a) The major monuments group, which demonstrates Timurid architecture’s influence on the architecture of Central Asia;

b) The historic centre, which has retained its original, unique features of Central Asian town-planning.

c) The traditional historic quarters or mahallas of the town that offer visitors first-hand contact with a community rich in hospitality and craftsmanship.

In addition, the mission suggested that building regulations and guidelines be established to preserve traditional heritage buildings within the World Heritage boundary and the buffer zone.

On 11 February 2007, based on the aforementioned suggestions, the Uzbekistan National Commission for UNESCO submitted a report entitled “Management Plan for the Conservation and Rehabilitation of the Historical Centre of Shakhrisyabz.” In this report, the State Party emphasized the outstanding value of both the monuments and Historical Centre of Shakhrisyabz, reviewed the condition of the World Heritage properties, and presented a framework for theManagement Plan.

This Management Plan will be the first step in a strategy to preserve the Historical Centre of Shakhrisyabz. After it is approved by the relevant governmental parties of Uzbekistan, the Management Plan will be the basis for the General Development Plan of Shakhrisyabz City till 2050. All subsequent projects within the Historical Centre of Shakhrisyabz should be in accordance with the new Management Plan. The proposed timeframe for the development and implementation of the Management Plan is 2007-2020; the first stage, 2007-2015, for preliminary research, design development, organizational activities, and emergency restoration works; and the second, 2016-2020 for the execution of the plan.

Analysis and Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre, ICOMOS and ICCROM

N/A

Decision Adopted: 31 COM 7B.87

The World Heritage Committee,

1.       Having examined Document WHC-07/31.COM/7B,

2.       Recalling Decision 30 COM 7B.70, adopted at its 30th session (Vilnius, 2006),

3.       Notes the steps taken by the State Party to prepare a framework for the “Management Plan for the Conservation and Rehabilitation of the Historical Centre of Shakhrisyabz”;

4.       Requests the State Party to regularly report to the World Heritage Centre on the development and implementation of the management plan for the Historic Centre of Shakhrisyabz, based on the Outstanding Universal Value of the property, and if necessary, to request expert assistance from ICOMOS and the World Heritage Centre.