1.         Butrint (Albania) (C 570ter)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1992

Criteria  (iii)

Year(s) of inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger    1997-2005

Previous Committee Decisions  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/570/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0 (from 1996-1997)
Total amount approved: USD 106,000
For details, see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/570/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds


Previous monitoring missions

1997 UNESCO-WHC/ICOMOS/Butrint Foundation mission; 2001 UNESCO-WHC/ICOMOS mission; 2003 UNESCO-WHC/ICOMOS mission; 2005 UNESCO-WHC/ICOMOS/ICCROM mission.

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

a) Looting of the Museum of Butrint in 1997

b) lack of adequate protectionmanagement, and conservation of the site

c) Lack of management mechanisms and tourism pressure

d) Poor state of conservation of the property

e) Insufficient implementation of the recommendations of the joint missions;

Illustrative material  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/570/

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2007

On 31 January 2007 the World Heritage Centre received from the State Party a detailed implementation report on the state of conservation of the World Heritage property and a copy of the updated management plan 2007-2012. The State Party also provided the World Heritage Centre with a map of the new proposed boundaries of the site, the relevant governmental decree on the new boundaries andthe management zone description.

The joint UNESCO-WHC/ICOMOS/ICCROM mission requested by the Committee was sent to Albania from 17 to 21 April 2007. The detailed mission report is available at the following Web address: https://whc.unesco.org/archive/2007.

The mission considered that there is considerable improvement in the management of the property. However the participatory approach recommended for the updating of the management plan has not been taken into account. While emphasising the need to update the Management plan, the mission made a series of specific recommendations with a view to ensuring an effective protection of the site and the sustainability of its development. These specific recommendations included:

a) continue to work on the restitution of looted objects in cooperation with the 1970 Convention and ICOM;

b) complete the studies on flooding and implement recommendations;

c) continue to improve infrastructure and visitor parking;

d) enhance capacity building for rangers;

e) control development around the property;

f) improve interpretation panels and

g) enhance international cooperation.

Analysis and Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre, ICOMOS and ICCROM


Decision Adopted: 31 COM 7B.92

The World Heritage Committee,

1.       Having examined Document WHC-07/31.COM/7B.Add,

2.       Recalling Decisions 29 COM 7A.27 and 30 COM 7B.75, adopted respectively at its 29th (Durban, 2005) and 30th (Vilnius, 2006) sessions,

3.       Notes the up-dated report and the document “Management Plan 2007-2012” provided by the State Party and  the results of the joint UNESCO-World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS/ICCROM reactive monitoring mission of April 2007 and requests the Management Plan be completed to include proper plans for implementation;

4.       Acknowledges the considerable efforts by the State Party to contribute to the improvements of the state of conservation of the property and its legal protection;

5.       Endorses the recommendations made by the UNESCO-World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS/ICCROM mission of April 2007 and calls upon the State Party to give appropriate attention to their timely implementation;

6.       Requests the State Party:

a)      to ensure that a draft of the completed management and conservation plan of the area is submitted to the World Heritage Centre for review  together with  an interim report not later than by the end of 2008,

b)      to take all necessary measures to prevent any illegal developments or inappropriate construction and uncontrolled growth within the proposed new boundaries, its buffer zone and the vicinity by closely collaborating with other relevant planning and development agencies.

7.       Also requests the State Party to provide the World Heritage Centre with a detailed implementation report on the issues addressed by the April 2007 joint mission, by 1 February 2009 for examination by its 33rd session in 2009.

Decision Adopted: 31 COM 8B.60

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Documents WHC-07/31.COM/8B.Add and WHC-07/31.COM/INF.8B1.Add,

2. Approves the Butrint National Park as a buffer zone for Butrint, Albania;

3. Requests the State Party to provide documentation on the formal gazetting of the enlarged National Park.