Decision : 29 COM 7B.47
Medina of Essaouira (former Mogador) (Morocco)

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-05/29.COM/7B.Rev,

2. Recalling its Decision 28 COM 15B.45, adopted at its 28th session (Suzhou, 2004),

3. Regrets that, in spite of the efforts of the State Party of Morocco, the state of conservation of the Mellah Quarter and the North Wall has worsened, and that new projects having an irreversible impact on the authenticity of the property have been undertaken;

4. Invites the State Party to inform it, in accordance with paragraph 172 of the Operational Guidelines, about projects for the current transformation and new construction in the « protected zone and buffer zone» so that the World Heritage Committee can recommend appropriate measures to ensure the preservation of the outstanding universal value of this property;

5. Invites the State Party to define, in collaboration with the World Heritage Centre, an implementation strategy, including the budget for the work, of the project for the conservation and presentation of the Medina of Essaouira presented at its 28th session (Suzhou, 2004);

6. Encourages the State Party to reinforce the inspection of the Historic Monuments and Sites created at Essaouira and to provide it with adequate human and financial resources to ensure the protection of the property;

7. Invites a joint mission World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS to assess the state of conservation of the property;

8. Requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2006, a report on the implementation of the decisions of the Committee, for its examination at its 30th session (Vilnius, 2006).

 Decisions Report
Context of Decision
Themes: Conservation
States Parties: Morocco
Year: 2005
Decision Code: 29 COM 7B.47