1.         Medina of Fez (Morocco) (C 170)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1981

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/170/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0 (from 1988-1999)
Total amount approved: USD 42,200
For details, see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/170/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/170/

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2003

In April 2003, the Centre received information concerning the partial covering of the Oued Boukhrareb, within the Medina of Fes, by a concrete slab of around 250 Meters. This intervention, apparently carried out without the approval of the responsible authorities, appears to be the first step towards the erection of a series of shops and would have a number of negative consequences. These include:

- Hydrological risk, owing to the possibility of exceptional rains which could cause floods upstream or destroy the new structure;

- Environmental risk, since the main waste-water collectors of the Medina are now buried under the structure and cannot be inspected or maintained;

- Cultural risk, as a result of the impact of this new construction on the Medina and particularly on the two historic bridges of Terrafine and Binlamdoun.

On 29 May 2003 and 10 June 2003, the World Heritage Centre and the UNESCO Division of Cultural heritage have written to the Moroccan authorities, requesting further information on this project.

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


Decision Adopted: 27 COM 7B.104

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Takes note of the report presented by the Secretariat concerning the construction of a concrete slab, covering the Oued Boukhrareb, within the Medina of Fez, and negatively impacting on the World Heritage property;

2. Requests the State Party to re-establish the integrity of the property by demolishing this new structure, constructed against the advice of the competent authority;

3. Invites the State Party to submit a report to the World Heritage Centre by 1 February 2004 on progress on this matter in order that the World Heritage Committee can examine the state of conservation of the property at its 28th session in 2004.