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State of Conservation (SOC)

Chan Chan Archaeological Zone

Chan Chan Archaeological Zone
Date of Inscription: 1986
Nomination records (Year): 1985
Category: Cultural
Criteria: (i)(iii)
Danger List: Yes
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  • Identity, social cohesion, changes in local population and community
  • Land conversion
  • Management systems/ management plan
  • Other Threats:

    Fragility of the abdobe structures

Inscription on the Danger List
Year: 1986
Threats to the Site:

The vast and fragile site of Chan Chan was inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger in 1986, the same year it was inscribed on the World Heritage List.

Its adobe, or earthen, structures are quickly damaged by natural erosion as they become exposed to air and rain and they require continuous conservation efforts and substantial ancillary measures.

The Committee recommended, therefore, that appropriate measures be taken for the conservation, restoration and management of the site, that excavation work be halted unless accompanied by appropriate conservation measures and that all possible steps be taken to control plundering of the site. 

* : 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”).

** : All mission reports are not always available electronically.