1.         Kasbah of Algiers (Algeria) (C 565)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1992

Criteria  (ii)(v)

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/565/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0 (from 1993-2000)
Total amount approved: USD 42,600
For details, see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/565/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds

N/A

Previous monitoring missions

Septembre 2001: UNESCO expert mission

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Illustrative material  see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/565/

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2001

According to a state of conservation report prepared in the 1980s, of the 1,700 listed buildings within the Kasbah, 200 had collapsed, while 500 had been evacuated for security reasons. 30% of the remaining buildings were in an advanced state of deterioration. This deterioration process has continued over the last few years, and has provoked a state of imminent danger for the built and social fabric within the Kasbah of Algiers. The modification of the socio-economic structure of the population comprises another major factor of degradation. 

The absence of legal instruments for the application of the 98.04 Law for the protection of cultural heritage is a serious obstacle for the safeguarding of the Kasbah. To this end, the Wilaya of the Kasbah has entrusted an association of private urban planning firms with the preparation of a Safeguarding Plan. A technical-administrative structure was established, the Kasbah Unit, which, in cooperation with the Habitat, and Urban Heritage Directorates, has as its mission responsibility for the entire safeguarding operation. Whilst awaiting the adoption of the Safeguarding Plan, some initiatives are being carried out under the responsibility of the Unit, for safeguarding the built heritage, as well as the population through improvement of the living conditions.

At the request of the Algerian authorities for expert advice, a UNESCO mission visited Algeria in September 2001 to assist the authorities concerned in the preparation of a Safeguarding Plan for the Kasbah of Algiers and in the elaboration of international assistance requests for training, at different levels, of qualified national staff, responsible for the safeguarding of the Kasbah and in general for Algerian built heritage. Two international assistance requests will shortly be submitted by the Algerian authorities for this purpose. 

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

N/A

The Bureau may wish to adopt the following text :

"The Bureau requests the State Party to cooperate with the Centre in the elaboration of the Safeguarding Plan for the Kasbah of Algiers and in the implementation of the international assistance for training in restoration and safeguarding techniques for Algerian built heritage.»