State of Conservation (SOC)
Peking Man Site at Zhoukoudian (1999)
UNESCO Extra-Budgetary Funds
International Assistance granted to the property
Total Amount Ap proved:26,000USD
|1993||Emergency measures to prevent the collapse of some of the caves ...||26,000 USD|
September 1996: UNESCO expert mission; September 1999: joint ICOMOS/ICCROM mission
Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports
- Complete halt of site excavations
- Lack of research funds
- Lack of adequate maintenance of the site
- Site museum needs to be refurbished
Current conservation issues
World Heritage Bureau, eighteenth session - Chapter VII.21
World Heritage Committee, twentieth session - Chapter VII.47
World Heritage Bureau, twenty-third ordinary session - Chapter IV.52
New information: In January 1999, the Chinese authorities welcomed this suggestion for a Joint ICCROM-ICOMOS mission. The World Heritage Centre transmitted the EDF (Electricite de France) Report on the “Results of geological and geophysical research of Peking Man Site” to the ICOMOS and ICCROM experts prior to their mission, which took place between 13-17 September 1999, as requested by the Bureau at its twenty-third session. The findings of the ICOMOS-ICCROM joint mission will be presented at the twenty-third extraordinary session of the Bureau.
Link to the decision
X.34 Peking Man Site at Zhoukoudian (China)
The Committee recalled the reports from the twenty-third ordinary and the twenty-third extraordinary session of the Bureau on the state of conservation of this property and adopted the following decision:
"The Committee took note of the findings of the report and recommendations of the ICOMOS-ICCROM Joint Mission, undertaken in September 1999, which examined the state of conservation, management and factors affecting the Peking Man Site at Zhoukoudian. The Committee expressed appreciation to the Government of China, the advisory bodies and the Secretariat for the organization of the Joint Mission, which resulted with concrete recommendations for short and long term actions for enhanced management of the site. The Committee underlined the importance of putting into place a systematic low-cost monitoring system for the whole site, as well as the need for preparing an overall conservation and management plan.
The Committee welcomed the Government's intention to seriously examine the Joint Mission's recommendations, and requested the advisory bodies and the World Heritage Centre to closely co-operate with the national authorities in the necessary follow-up actions. As to the Joint Mission recommendation to add criterion (iv) and remove criterion (vi) under which the site is inscribed on the World Heritage List, the Committee requested ICOMOS to examine this matter further in consultation with the State Party. The Committee requested ICOMOS to make a further recommendation for examination by the twenty-fourth extraordinary session of the Bureau."
The Bureau may wish to formulate a decision upon examining the findings and recommendations of the ICOMOS-ICCROM joint mission.
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Lack of maintenance ; Halt of site excavations
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”).