State of Conservation (SOC)
Chan Chan Archaeological Zone (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:118,700USD
|1998||Master Plan for Chan Chan Archaeological Zone||8,700 USD|
|1997||Emergency assistance for the Archaeological Zone of Chan Chan||50,000 USD|
|1997||Technical advice for the preparation of an Integral Plan for Chan ...||20,000 USD|
|1994||Regional and International Course on the Conservation of Earthen ...||20,000 USD|
|1987||Consultancy and equipment for the safeguarding of Chan Chan||20,000 USD|
Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports
- Fragility of its adobe structures;
- Occupation of land by farmers;
- Need of a management plan
Current conservation issues
At the time of preparation of this working document, the World Heritage Centre had not received the official report from the State Party requested by the Committee at its 25th session.
The World Heritage Committee,
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1. Takes note of the important work initiated by the local authorities and congratulates the State Party for its declared willingness to correct the present situation;
2. Requests the State Party to present a progress report by 1 February 2003 on the work carried out for examination at its 27th session in June/July 2003;3. Decides to maintain, in agreement with the State Party, the site on the List of World Heritage in Danger.
The Committee may wish to examine any additional information available during its 26th session and adopt a decision as appropriate.
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Fragility of the abdobe structures
Inscription on the Danger ListYear: 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”).