State of Conservation (SOC)
Peking Man Site at Zhoukoudian (2001)
UNESCO Extra-Budgetary Funds
International Assistance granted to the property
Total Amount Ap proved:46,000USD
|2001||International Training Course on the Preservation, Conservation ...||20,000 USD|
|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
The Secretariat continued to receive numerous independent reports expressing alarm over the state of conservation of the site since the twenty-fifth session of the Bureau, especially concerning Locality 1 and other excavated caves which continue to be exposed and suffer from erosion and plant growth.
At the request of the Government of China, the World Heritage Centre and the Division of Cultural Heritage of UNESCO continued to explore possible extrabudgetary resources to address the priority conservation concerns.
The World Heritage Centre is organizing, in co-operation with the State Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Indonesia and the UNESCO Jakarta Office, an “International Training Course on the Preservation, Conservation and Management of Zhoukoudian and Sangiran Prehistoric World Heritage Sites” (22 - 27 October 2001, Solo, Indonesia). The objective is for experts and managers of the two prehistoric Asian World Heritage sites to exchange experiences in addressing the managerial and conservation problems.
The Centre continued to encourage the Chinese authorities to submit an international assistance request for providing international expertise and support for the elaboration of an overall management plan.
Analysis and Conclusion
The Bureau may wish to adopt the following decision:
“The Bureau requests the State Party to inform the Committee on the results of actions taken since the 1999 ICOMOS-ICCROM Joint Mission and the twenty-third session of the Committee, whereby the authorities informed the Committee of its intentions to seriously examine the recommendations of the Joint Mission. The Bureau requests the authorities to provide information concerning the measures taken to address the conservation and management challenges facing the site, especially with regard to the establishment of a systematic low-cost monitoring system for the entire site. The Bureau also encourages the State Party to elaborate in co-operation with the Centre, an international assistance request for the development of a comprehensive conservation and management plan for the site. Finally, the Bureau requests the Centre to assist the State Party in submitting a state of conservation report for examination by the Bureau at its twenty-sixth session.”
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Lack of maintenance ; Industrial pollution
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”).