State of Conservation (SOC)
UNESCO Extra-Budgetary Funds
International Assistance granted to the property
Total Amount Ap proved:28,400USD
|1990||Expert mission to advise the authorities on the preparation of a ...||7,000 USD|
|1990||Consultants and equipment for urgent works on Tipasa following ...||18,900 USD|
|1989||Contribution to a survey on the urban development of Tipasa||2,500 USD|
July 1989: UNESCO expert mission; December 1989: UNESCO mission; March-April 1990: expert mission
Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports
Current conservation issues
Placed on the World Heritage List in 1982 under criteria (iii) and (iv), Tipasa became the chief town of Willaya in 1984. This decision created a need for new services and facilities and resulted in considerable urban growth and the development of tourism. Although they have been erected outside the precincts of the Old City, the new buildings have impaired the unity of the site. A Unesco expert, financed by the World Heritage Fund, visited the area from 8 to 13 July 1989 in order to evaluate the urban development programme and its effects on the site. It is to be noted that, in the conclusions to his report, which can be consulted in the Secretariat, the expert advised against the building of a hotel on the archaeological site. The site was affected by a violent earthquake in October 1989. In December 1989 a Secretariat mission enabled the Algerian authorities to make a request to the World Heritage Fund for the dispatch of a diagnosis mission, the purpose being to indicate the possibilities for using the buildings affected.
Emergency assistance amounting to US $18,900 enabled a mission to be sent out in March-April 1990 with the object of examining the stability of the structure of certain buildings and to suggest, in collaboration with the local authorities, the measures needed to ensure the safety of persons and the conservation of buildings belonging to the listed site and, in particular, the archaeological study centre serving the museum and the archaeological reserves of Tipasa. The mission noted that the building housing the museum did not show any visible signs of having been seriously damaged by the earthquake. Some work appeared necessary, but stability was not affected.
The small objects discovered on the ancient site of Tipasa, which are not on show in the museum, are stored in a building dating from 1942 which has become dangerous. As the building has no historical value, its demolition can be contemplated. However, as it is essential to protect the objects in storage, they need to be transferred to a less dilapidated building. Measutres were recommended as a matter of urgency by the expert.
When the expert visited the Maghreb Centre, he identified a large amount of damage to the main building caused by the earthquake. It proved possible to recover the building housing the Maghreb Centre by taking serious measures to consolidate the walls.
Parallel to the mission by the structural specialist, an architect was sent to the site to examine a programme for the restructuring of the present village of Tipasa (located within the boundaries of the area placed on the World Heritage List) and to make recommendations concerning future improvements that might be made to it.
The consultant had at his disposal the Tipasa urban restructuring scheme and made comments thereon, referring in particular to the need for a precise topographic plan before any proposals could be made for the introduction of new buildings, the size and height of which would require further study. The experts' technical report can be consulted in the Secretariat.
Analysis and Conclusion
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Detailed List of SOC reports
Inscription on the Danger ListYear: 2002 -2006
Threats to the Site:
- Deterioration of the archaeological vestiges;
- Anthropic deterioration resulting from acts of vandalism (destruction, theft, waste dumping, etc);
- Unsuitable restoration techniques;
- Growing urbanisation on the outskirts of the site and the buffer zone;
- Frequent property disputes with the owners or the public and private operators, and housing construction within the site;
- Natural degradation due to sea salt, shoreline and wind erosion, and uncontrolled vegetation;
- Inadequate conservation services in terms of qualified personnel, material and financial resources.
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”).