1.         State Historical and Cultural Park “Ancient Merv” (Turkmenistan) (C 886)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1999

Criteria  (ii)(iii)

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/886/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0 (from 2000-2002)
Total amount approved: USD 98,814
For details, see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/886/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds


Previous monitoring missions


Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Necessity to strengthen legal protection and management mechanism to safeguard the property.

Illustrative material  see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/886/

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2005

A report addressing the points raised by the Committee at its 28th session (Suzhou, 2004) was submitted by the State Party on 10 March 2005. 

The official documents relating to the protection, entitled Commitments for Protection of Monuments, have been revised and strengthened so as to conform better to the obligations resulting from World Heritage designation.  The responsibilities of national and regional administrations have been redefined to ensure the strict application of the Law ‘On the protection of historical and cultural monuments’.  The Department for the Protection, Study and Restoration of the Historic and Cultural Monuments of Turkmenistan is now responsible for coordination of activities undertaken by different international teams on property.  Regular meetings involving the stakeholders are held to share necessary information. 

The State Party and its associated institutions have achieved a significant progress in the protection of the property.  A number of problems still persist, but the indications given in the cautious reports from the State Party suggest that resolute steps are being taken to solve them.  The State Party should be requested to provide the Committee with regular information on the progress made, and to consider further applications for funding from the World Heritage Fund, notably for training projects.  A training activity, funded through the World Heritage Fund, for capacity building on the elaboration of Management Plans, is indeed on-going and will continue until September 2005.  It is expected that the institutional framework for the site management will be further strengthened as a result of this training activity.   

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


Decision Adopted: 29 COM 7B.61

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-05/29.COM/7B.Rev,

2. Recalling its Decision 28 COM 15B.67 adopted at its 28th session (Suzhou, 2004),

3. Congratulates the State Party of Turkmenistan on the efforts made in terms of reinforcement of the legal protection, elaboration of a management plan and coordination of activities undertaken by different international teams;

4. Encourages the State Party to consider applying for International Assistance under the World Heritage Fund for the organization of training activities;

5. Requests the State Party to regularly report to the World Heritage Centre on the progress achieved on the protection of the property, especially as regards the management plan, which is currently being elaborated.