1.         Joya de Cerén Archaeological Site (El Salvador) (C 675)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1993

Criteria  (iii)(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/675/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0 (from 1992-2000)
Total amount approved: USD 110,000
For details, see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/675/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/675/

Information presented to the Bureau of the World Heritage Committee in 2001

Previous deliberations:
Twenty-first extraordinary session of the Bureau (page number 25).

Main Issues: Damage to the site and its facilities caused by earthquake.

New information: The earthquake that shook the territory of El Salvador on 13 January 2001 caused considerable damage to the archaeological site of Joya de Ceren, damaging the excavated buildings as well as causing the banks of the excavations to collapse and the protective roof structures to be debilitated. The second quake on 13 February 2001 caused very little damage because first emergency consolidation measures were already in place.

The World Heritage Centre received an Emergency Assistance request of US$ 49,470 intended for cleaning-up of collapsed embankments and debris, consolidation of the ash surrounding the excavated vestiges and the consolidation and/or reconstruction of the protective roofing over the excavations. Furthermore the damages to the archaeological finds themselves (cracks, collapse and loss of architectural elements) shall be restored. This request is presently being processed.

Action Required

Note: this report was presented to the Bureau for noting only.

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2001


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


Decision Adopted: 25 BUR V.281

V.281     The Bureau took note of information that the Secretariat had provided in the working document on the state of conservation of the following properties:

Noel Kempff Mercado National Park (Bolivia)

Morne Trois Pitons National Park (Dominica)

Huascaran National Park (Peru)

Lake Baikal (Russian Federation) 

Hatra (Iraq)

Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome) (Japan)

Joya de Ceren Archaeological Site (El Salvador)

Cultural Landscape of Sintra (Portugal)