State of Conservation (SOC)
Bahla Fort (2005)
UNESCO Extra-Budgetary Funds
International Assistance granted to the property
Requests Approved: 0
Total Amount Ap proved: 57,000USD
|1988||Financial contribution to works and training for the safeguarding ...||50,000 USD|
|1988||Mission to evaluate the threats to the integrity of Bahla Fort ...||7,000 USD|
Expert mission from 28 November to 5 December 2001; WHC Mission from 17 to 19 September 2002 and in December 2003.
Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports
- Deterioration of the earthen structure of the Fort ;
- Lack of appropriate conservation techniques ;
- Urban pressure essentially due to the project for a new market near the Fort, including proposals for the urban development of the area,
- Lack of management mechanisms, including legislation.
Current conservation issues
At its 28th session, in 2004, the World Heritage Committee, noting with satisfaction the commitment of the State Party in view of the implementation of conservation measures and of the Management Plan of the Bahla Fort (inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger in 1988), decided to remove the property from the List of World Heritage in Danger (Decision 28 COM 15A.19).
The Committee requested the State Party to submit a report on the finalisation and adoption of the Management Plan, taking into account the recommendations of the World Heritage Centre and ICOMOS (Decision 28 COM 15A.19). At the time of drafting the present document (April 2005), no report has yet been submitted to the World Heritage Centre or to ICOMOS.
Link to the decision
The World Heritage Committee,1. Having examined Document WHC-05/29 COM/7B.Rev and the Draft Decision 29 COM 7B.46.Rev,29 COM 7B.46.Rev,
2. Having noted the additional information presented by the World Heritage Centre,
3. Recalling its Decision 28 COM 15A.19 adopted at its 28th sessions (Suzhou, 2004),
4. Urges the State Party of Oman to implement paragraphs 5 and 6 of Decision 28 COM 15A.19, concerning the organization of a stakeholders meeting and the revision of the project for the new market ;
5. Requests the State Party to report, by 1 February 2006, on the completion and adoption of the management plan, taking fully into account the recommendations of the World Heritage Centre and ICOMOS, for examination by the Committee at its 30th session (Vilnius, 2006);
6. Further requests the State Party to submit, by 1 February 2006, a report on the implementation of the recommendations of the above paragraph 4 and on any conservation or presentation activity carried out on the property, for examination by the Committee at its 30th session (Vilnius, 2006).
Draft Decision: 29 COM 7B.46
The World Heritage Committee,
1. Having examined Document WHC-05/29.COM/7B.Rev,
2. Recalling its Decision 28 COM 15A.19, adopted at its 28th session (Suzhou, 2004),
3. Regrets that no information has been provided by the State Party in response to this decision;
4. Requests the State Party to report, by 1 February 2006, on the finalisation and adoption of the Management Plan, taking into account the recommendations of the World Heritage Centre and ICOMOS, for consideration by the Committee at its 30th session in 2006.
- Commercial development
- Legal framework
- Management systems/ management plan
- Management activities
- Other Threats:
Deterioration of the earthen structure of the Fort
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SOC ID: 1307
Inscription on the Danger ListYear: 1988 -2004
Threats to the Site:
Inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger at the request of the State Party, following the advanced state of deterioration of the monument, which is getting worse every rainy season.
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”).