State of Conservation (SOC)
Historic Centre of Shakhrisyabz (2004)
UNESCO Extra-Budgetary Funds
International Assistance granted to the property
Total Amount Ap proved:15,000USD
|1999||Training Workshop in the Preparation of World Heritage Nomination ...||15,000 USD|
Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports
Urban Pressure; Tourism Pressure; Lack of capacity in conservation techniques; Lack of management mechanism (including legislation); Lack of monitoring system; Lack of presentation and interpretation; Lack of human or financial resources; Earthquakes.
Current conservation issues
At the request of the World Heritage Committee at its 27th session, the State Party supplied a report on the state of conservation of this World Heritage property. The report recapitulates and updates conservation and restoration projects carried out at a number of individual monuments since 1972. No reference was made to the comprehensive conservation and management plan, which the State Party reported as being in preparation at the time of inscription on the World Heritage List in 2000 and details of which were requested during the previous session of the Committee. Reference is made however to monitoring procedures set up for the main monuments.
In December 2001, the National Commission of Uzbekistan for UNESCO alerted the World Heritage Centre the potential structural threats facing the Ak Sarai Palace and other important monuments at Shakhrisyabz World Heritage site. Upon receiving this news, which included information on extensive cracks, leaning walls and humidity inside the Ak Sarai Palace, the World Heritage Centre organized, in 2002, an international expert mission to assist the national authorities in elaborating a conservation plan to stabilise the Ak Sarai Palace.
During this mission, the international expert noted that, in addition to major cracks due to past earthquakes, structural threats, human activities, the rise in ground water and weathering (rain and frost), were persistent issues threatening the structures. The combination of these issues was negatively affecting structural stability of the Ak Sarai Palace, as well as accelerating the decay of historic building materials. Furthermore, while the emerging commercial and tourism developments represent a rich, as yet unexploited, economic potential for Shakhrisyabz city, such activities are uncontrolled and pose significant development pressure on the property. The UNESCO mission recommended as a priority that preventive measures to stabilize the Ak Sarai Palace, as well as systematic monitoring and management of the site, be ensured. Subsequently, an emergency assistance request for the stabilisation of the Ak Sarai building was elaborated and submitted by the Government of Uzbekistan, in close collaboration with the UNESCO expert and the World Heritage Centre.
The World Heritage Committee,
1. Notes the information provided by the State Party further to the request of the
of the World Heritage Committee at its 27th session in 2003 (Decision 27
2. Recalls that at the time of inscription on the World Heritage List, the State
Party had assured the World Heritage Committee on its intention to elaborate a
comprehensive conservation and management plan to strengthen the
conservation process at this property;
3. Requests the State Party to submit, by 1 February 2005, a report on the
progress made in the elaboration of the above-mentioned management plan for
the Committee’s examination at its 29th session in 2005.
Link to the decision
Draft Decision: 28 COM 15B.68
The World Heritage Committee,
1. Notes the information provided by the State Party further to the request of the of the World Heritage Committee at its 27th session;
2. Recalls that at the time of inscription on the World Heritage List, the State Party had assured the World Heritage Committee on its intention to elaborate a comprehensive conservation and management plan to strengthen the conservation process at this property,
3. Requests the State Party to submit, by 1 February 2005, a report on the progress made in the elaboration of the
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Extensive cracks and leaning walls
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”).