State of Conservation (SOC)
Fort and Shalamar Gardens in Lahore (2002)
Desired state of conservation for the removal of the property from the List of World Heritage in Danger
UNESCO Extra-Budgetary Funds
International Assistance granted to the property
Total Amount Ap proved:121,000USD
|2000||Rescue programme for Fort and Shalamar Gardens, Lahore||50,000 USD|
|1999||Archaeological, soil and design research and the preparation of a ...||10,000 USD|
|1999||Signage on-site at the Fort and Shalimar Gardens of Lahore ...||5,000 USD|
|1981||Emergency restoration work at Lahore Fort||44,000 USD|
|1981||Emergency restoration work at Shalimar Gardens||12,000 USD|
October 1999: World Heritage Centre mission; September 2000: joint UNESCO/ICOMOS reactive monitoring mission ; April 2001: joint mission World Heritage Centre / Ville de Strasbourg ; April 2001: World Heritage Centre mission
Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports
- Demolition of the 375-year old essential hydraulic works of the Shalamar Gardens to enlarge a road
- Need to develop a comprehensive management plan
Current conservation issues
At the time of the preparation of the working document, the Government of Pakistan was officially submitting its reformulated plan of action to develop a comprehensive management plan for the Shalamar Gardens with the US$ 50,000 Emergency Assistance approved under the 2001 budget.
Following the mission undertaken by experts and the Deputy Director of the World Heritage Centre in April 2001, the proposal for submission to the European Union Asia-Urbs Programme and to the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs was drafted for enhancing the management and development of the immediate vicinity of the Shalamar Gardens within Lahore Metropolitan City. This proposal, which will be a joint proposal from the cities of Lahore, Nancy (France) and Salford (United Kingdom), will be presented to the European Union in September 2002.
The World Heritage Committee,
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1. Reiterates its request made to the State Party at its 24th session to take corrective measures to remove the threats to the property and to clarify ownership, land-use and the legal status of the land within 60 meters of the partially demolished hydraulic works, particularly in view of the Punjab Special Premises Ordinance applicable to the site;2. Takes note with appreciation of the positive actions taken and being planned by the State Party and the Centre for the rehabilitation of the Shalamar Gardens and in elaborating a comprehensive management plan for the site, although regretting the delays in implementing the emergency assistance activity for taking corrective measures to remove the threats to the property;
3. Requests the State Party and the Centre to continue their co-operation in order to ensure that an integrated conservation, management and development plan is elaborated, adopted and implemented as soon as possible;
4. Requests the State Party and the Centre to report to its 27th session in June/July 2003, on the progress made in removing the threats to the site;5. Decides to retain the property on the List of World Heritage in Danger.
TheCommittee may wish to adopt the following decision:
“The Committee, although regretting the delays in implementing the Emergency Assistance activity for taking corrective measures to remove the threats facing the property, takes note with appreciation, of the positive actions taken and being planned by the State Party and the World Heritage Centre for the rehabilitation of the Shalamar Gardens and for elaborating a comprehensive management plan for the site. The Committeerequests the State Party and the Centre to continue its co-operation in order to ensure that an integrated conservation, management and development plan will be elaborated, adopted and implemented as soon as possible. The Committeerequests the State Party and the Centre to report on the progress made in removing the threats facing the site for examination by the Committee at its 27th session.”
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Inscription on the Danger ListYear: 2000 -2012
Threats to the Site:
Tanks built 375 years ago to supply water to the Garden's fountains were destroyed in June 1999 to widen the road which borders the gardens on their south side. The perimeter walls of the Garden are also deteriorating. In view of the damage observed and the threat facing the site, the Committee decided to inscribe it on the List of World Heritage in Danger, in response to a request from the Pakistani government that the international community take action to safeguard the site.
In its letter requesting the action, the Government of Pakistan expressed its appreciation for continued assistance from the World Heritage Committee and the World Heritage Centre for the conservation and development of the Shalamar Gardens. By nominating the property on the List of World Heritage in Danger, the State Party expressed its hope to increase public awareness both nationally and internationally on the importance of preserving this Moghul exemplary site of World Heritage of value, which continues to be a living cultural heritage 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”).