Decision : 30 COM 7B.47
State of Conservation (Medina of Essaouira (formerly Mogador))

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-06/30.COM/7B,

2. Recalling Decisions 28 COM 15B.45 and 29 COM 7B.47, adopted at its 28th (Suzhou, 2004) and 29th (Durban, 2005) sessions respectively,

3. Takes note of the report of the World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS reactive monitoring mission which took place from 26 to 29 April 2006;

4. Commends the State Party for having taken encouraging steps to address the concerns expressed by the Committee, particularly the clean-up and rehabilitation of the Mellah Quarter and partial restoration of the Atlantic wall;

5. Notes that, although the actions taken have already had visible impact on investments, economic activities, visitor access and safety, the task lying ahead will be long and complex, and that continued vigilance and monitoring will be critical to maintain the values of the property, including its outstanding universal value;

6. Urges the State Party to incorporate the remaining measures as a priority into an integrated site management plan, which should be submitted to the World Heritage Centre and ICOMOS for information and consultation;

7. Encourages the State Party to take, as its point of departure for new developments, the outstanding universal value of the property and the principles of the Vienna Memorandum on "World Heritage and Contemporary Architecture, Managing the Historic Urban Landscape" (2005);

8. Requests the State Party to provide the World Heritage Centre with an updated report, by 1 February 2008, on the state of conservation of the property and progress in the restoration, rehabilitation and redesign of the Mellah Quarter with its Atlantic wall, based on an integrated approach within a site management plan, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 32nd session in 2008.

 Decisions Report
Context of Decision
Themes: Conservation
Focal Point: ARB
States Parties: Morocco
Year: 2006
Decision Code: 30 COM 7B.47