1.         Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz (Germany) (C 534rev)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  2000

Criteria  (ii)(iv)

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/534/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0
Total amount approved: USD 0
For details, see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/534/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds


Previous monitoring missions


Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Illustrative material  see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/534/

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2003

During the flood disaster of August 2002, toxic water affected the natural balance of the Park’s lakes and canals. Detailed information on the site’s condition has not been provided to the Centre. The Director-General of UNESCO indicated in his message of 16 August 2002 that UNESCO is readily available to provide technical and emergency assistance to safeguard the heritage sites. Concerning the “Elbe Waterway Improvement Project”, construction works at the Elbe near the World Heritage site were foreseen, which could impact the integrity of the site and the dynamics of the existing wetland and its water levels. By letter of 1 April 2003, the German Permanent Delegation reported that the "Elbe Waterway Improvement Project " had been suspended. The resumption of the planning process cannot be predicted. Before the suspension of the “Elbe Waterway Project”, IUCN pointed out the lack of an overall evaluation (Environmental Impact Assessment) of the construction work on the River Elbe. This assessment remains valid in case of resumption of the project. 

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


Decision Adopted: 27 COM 7B.66

The World Heritage Committee [41],

1. Expresses its appreciation to the State Party for the information provided on the Elbe Waterway Project;

2. Expresses concern for the degradation of the natural environment and the buildings of the Garden Kingdom due to the flooding;

3. Requests the State Party to provide information to the World Heritage Centre should the authorities of Saxony-Anhalt take any steps towards continuing the Elbe construction project.

4. Further requests the State Party to provide information to the World Heritage Centre by 1 February 2004 on the current conditions and the rehabilitation works on the World Heritage property in order that the World Heritage Committee can examine the state of conservation of the property at its 28th session in 2004.

[41]  Decision adopted without discussion.