1.         Rock-Art Sites of Tadrart Acacus (Libya) (C 287)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1985

Criteria  (iii)

Year(s) of inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger  N/A

Previous Committee Decisions  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/287/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0
Total amount approved: USD 0
For details, see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/287/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds


Previous monitoring missions

January 2011: World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS reactive monitoring mission.

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports


Illustrative material  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/287/

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2012

The World Heritage Committee has examined the state of conservation of this property at its 33rd, 34th and 35th sessions. In April 2009, ten rock art sites, in two of the main wadis, were vandalised with spray paint. The State Party submitted a report in February 2010 which summarised the significant damage that had occurred to some of the most well-known rock art paintings in the region. A joint World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS reactive monitoring mission took place in January 2011. As a result, a comprehensive condition assessment was developed and detailed methodologies for conservation and restoration were defined, including a 5-year action plan.

No report was submitted by the State Party in 2011 and in 2012, so the current situation of the property is unknown. It is also unknown whether the recent conflict has affected the property.

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

The World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies recommend to the Committee to express concern about the conservation and recovery of the vandalised sites and the general protection and management of the property. They note that current political conditions preclude the possibility to implement sustained measures to reverse the vandalism damage. They also note that ensuring long-term conservation and management will require considerable resources, time and capacity-building to develop adequate management and conservation structures. They call upon the international community to support, once conditions allow, the implementation of a multi-faceted conservation strategy for the property. 

Decision Adopted: 36 COM 7B.55

The World Heritage Committee,

1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B.Add,

2.   Recalling Decision 35 COM 7B.54, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011),

3.   Encourages the State Party, once conditions allow, to implement the action plan and the recommendations made by the 2011 reactive monitoring mission;

4.   Invites the State Party to consider submitting an International Assistance request for the implementation of priority measures and for the development of a multi-faceted conservation and management strategy for the property;

5.   Requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2013, an updated report on the state of conservation of the property and on the implementation of the above, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 37th session in 2013.