1.         M'Zab Valley (Algeria) (C 188)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1982

Criteria  (ii)(iii)(v)

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/188/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0 (from 2001-2002)
Total amount approved: USD 60,000
For details, see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/188/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds

Total amount granted to the property: USD 25,000 in the framework of the France-UNESCO Convention during 2003-2004.

Previous monitoring missions

September 2001: World Heritage Centre mission; December 2003, World Heritage Centre mission and expertise in the framework of the France-UNESCO Convention.

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

a) Development linked to socio-economic changes and population growth, causing strong urban pressure;

b)  Deterioration of the environment, uncontrolled urban growth in the palm groves and the bed of the wadi, visual impact impaired by new construction on the hills;

c) Lack of a legal protection framework and safeguarding plan;

d) Loss of craftsmanship and knowledge of traditional materials for the rehabilitation of the vernacular architecture;

e) Loss of the traditional system for the management and distribution of water;

f)  Risk of flooding and pollution of the ground water.

Illustrative material  see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/188/

Current conservation issues

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

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Draft Decision: 42 COM 7B.

The World Heritage Committee,

1.         Having examined Document WHC/18/42.COM/7B,

2.         Recalling Decision

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2.         Requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 December 2019, an updated report on the state of conservation of the property and the implementation of the above, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 44th session in 2020.