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


Previous monitoring missions

A monitoring mission by an international expert (23-29 October 2002)

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Lack of 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 2005

In replying to the request of the Committee at the time of its 28th session (Suzhou, 2004), the National Commission of Uzbekistan for UNESCO submitted a summary of the provisions of the Management Plan for Shakhrisyabz.  This document covers a wide range of institutional aspects of conservation, such as the legal status, relevant organizations, financial resources, etc.  The information provided is detailed and shows a considerable advance since the property was listed in 2000. 

ICOMOS notes, however, that it is arguable whether this document (three pages, plus a two-page table) constitutes a Management Plan in a strict sense because there is no clear indication, beyond the identification of regional and municipal administrations involved, of how the management system operates at the property level.  Further information should be provided on how the national policy framework for heritage conservation (i.e.  the so-called “Meros (Heritage) National Program”), is actually applied on the World Heritage property through the Management Plan for Shakhrisyabz.  Specific information on decision-making structure, budgeting, monitoring, conservation/restoration activities, etc.  should be provided in the actual Management Plan. 

Furthermore, the provisional Management Planning document submitted by the State Party does not refer to any statement of significance, does not contain a description of the physical attributes that embody the Outstanding Universal Value and would need to be conserved, nor of the specific activities to be carried out to preserve the property and monitor its state of conservation.

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


Decision Adopted: 29 COM 7B.62

The World Heritage Committee,

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

2. Recalling its Decision 28 COM 15B.68 adopted at its 28th session (Suzhou, 2004),

3. Congratulates the State Party of Uzbekistan for the advances made in the management and protection of the property;

4. Notes, however, that a real management plan for the property would still need to be prepared, based on the principles set out in the Operational Guidelines;

5. Requests the State Party, with assistance from the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies, to develop a comprehensive Management Plan specifically targeted at the situation in Shakhrisyabz, clearly based on the outstanding universal value of the property as recognized by the World Heritage Committee and in accordance with the principles set out in the Operational Guidelines (paragraphs 96-119). This should include a description of the physical attributes that it aims to conserve, specific activities to protect these attributes and provisions for a monitoring their state of conservation, as well as details on how the management system operates in aspects such as decision-making structure, budgeting, monitoring, specific conservation/restoration projects, etc.;

6. Further requests the State Party to submit, to the World Heritage Centre a report, by 1 February 2006, on the progress achieved on the implementation of the above recommendation, for examination by the Committee at its 30th session (Vilnius, 2006).