1.         Garden Kingdom of Dessau-W├Ârlitz (Germany) (C 534bis)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  2000

Criteria  (ii)(iv)

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/534/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0
Total amount approved: USD 0
For details, see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/534/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds


Previous monitoring missions


Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports


Additional Details:

Infrastructure development pressure 

Illustrative material  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/534/

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2004

Concerning the floods, the requested update report on the rehabilitation works in the World Heritage property had not been received by 1 February 2004. By letter of 13 April 2004, the German authorities informed the Centre that the situation at the site is basically unchanged since the last report to the Committee in April 2003. The removal of the overall damages has been estimated at about 13,7m Euro with one third of the damages being already fixed. Yet, the remaining two thirds of the damages concern sensitive building fabric so that the appropriate rehabilitation works are foreseen to take until 2006, among others due to financial constraints. The State Party is confident that by 2006 the original state of the Garden Kingdom before the floods will be restored.


No new information has been received on the Elbe Waterway Improvement Project. In April 2003 the German authorities reported that the "Elbe Waterway Improvement Project " had been suspended and that the resumption of the planning process is generally favoured but cannot be predicted. Before the suspension of the Elbe Waterway project, IUCN pointed out the lack of an overall evaluation (Environmental Impact Assessment) of the construction work on the river Elbe. This assessment remains valid in case of a resumption of the project.

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


Decision Adopted: 28 COM 15B.90

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Regretting that the German authorities did not provide the updated information requested (Decision 27 COM 7B.66),

2. Requests the State Party to provide information on the current conditions and the rehabilitation works on the World Heritage site to the World Heritage Centre in due course;

3. Further requests the State Party to provide information to the World Heritage Centre in case the authorities of Saxony-Anhalt take any steps towards the implementation of the Elbe construction projects.