State of Conservation (SOC)
UNESCO Extra-Budgetary Funds
International Assistance granted to the property
Total Amount Ap proved:6,000USD
|1996||Technical assistance for the restoration of Butrint||6,000 USD|
Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports
Current conservation issues
Studies and minor restoration works have been carried out at Butrint. These activities were funded by UNESCO (PROCEED) and the British Butrint Foundation. In addition, the World Bank is continuing its studies related to the economic development (tourism) of the Albanian Ionic Coast around the World Heritage site that is across the straight from Corfu. Albania's request for technical assistance was approved by the Chairperson, but the activity was not enacted because Albania has not paid its due to the World Heritage Fund. Notwithstanding the current financial situation of Albania with regard to the World Heritage Fund, there is an urgent need to have the situation at Butrint monitored by World Heritage experts; this is the opinion expressed by the Albanian authorities in their request for technical assistance.
The Bureau may wish to adopt the following text and transmit it to the Committee for noting:
“The World Heritage Centre explore with the Albanian authorities a way of solving the current difficulties so that a monitoring mission may be enacted in the near future. The Bureau requests that the Committee be kept informed about the on-going activities."
Link to the decision
VII.58 Butrinti (Albania)
At the twentieth extraordinary session of the Bureau, the Secretariat reported that major studies were being undertaken for tourism development of the World Heritage site of Butrinti and that Albania had made a request for technical cooperation for monitoring these activities, which, in the meantime, was approved by the Chairperson of the Committee. The assistance, however, could not be implemented due to the non-payment of the contributions to the World Heritage Fund.
The Bureau commended the Albanian authorities for their efforts at Butrinti, and recommended that the Director of the World Heritage Centre explore with the Albanian authorities a way of solving the current difficulties so that a monitoring mission may be enacted in the near future. The Bureau requested that the Committee be kept informed about the on-going activities.
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Need for monitoring of the situation at the site
Inscription on the Danger ListYear: 1997 -2005
Threats to the Site:
The civil disturbances in the country in early 1997 did not cause any irreversible damage to the archaeological site itself, but the showcases of the museum were opened and looted. No inventory of the stolen objects has yet been made, but fortunately the site's most famous treasure, the marble head of the 2nd-century BC “Goddess of Butrint” had been moved to Tirana before the event.
The Committee's concern over the continued lack of adequate protection, management, and conservation of the site led to its inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger in 1997 with the full support of the Minister of Culture of Albania who voiced his government's concern and commitment to the preservation of the site.
A joint mission to Butrint in October 1997 had noted that the site remains vulnerable for a number of reasons, including the lack of proper fencing. Two water pumps used to preserve the ancient theatre from infiltration had been stolen earlier that year and had to be replaced. Computers and other equipment were also needed to prepare an inventory, and other urgent needs had to be met.
The Committee allocated an amount of US$100,000 as emergency assistance in December 1997.
The threats indicated are listed in alphabetical order; their order does not constitute a classification according to the importance of their impact on the property.
Furthermore, they are presented irrespective of the type of threat faced by the property, i.e. with specific and proven imminent danger (“ascertained danger”) or with threats which could have deleterious effects on the property’s Outstanding Universal Value (“potential danger”).