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

N/A

Previous monitoring missions

N/A

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Agriculture Pressure; Lack of capacity in conservation techniques, Lack of management mechanism (including legislation), Lack of Presentation and interpretation; Earthquake; Looting/Theft

Additional Details:

Lack of co-ordination among international teams working on-site. 

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

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2004

No new information has been received from the State Party. A mission to the Sultan Sanjar Mausoleum by an international wall paintings expert is being sponsored under the Italy Funds-in-Trust agreement with the Centre. This mission, originally foreseen to take place in 2003, is now scheduled to take place in 2004.

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

N/A

Decision Adopted: 28 COM 15B.67

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Recalling decision 27 COM 7B. 55 taken by the Committee at its 27th session in 2003,

2. Notes with regret that the report on the progress made in enhancing the conservation and management of the property was not received for examination by the Committee at its 28th session in 2004;

3. Reiterates its request to the State Party to submit, by 1 February 2005, a report on the progress made in enhancing the conservation and management of the property, for examination by the Committee at its 29th session in 2005;

4. Further reiterates its request to the State Party to strengthen the legal protection and management mechanism to safeguard this extensive property, especially against looting of excavated archaeological areas.