1.         Chan Chan Archaeological Zone (Peru) (C 366)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1986

Criteria  (i)(iii)

Year(s) of inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger    1986-present

Previous Committee Decisions  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/366/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0 (from 1987-1994)
Total amount approved: USD 40,000
For details, see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/366/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds

N/A

Previous monitoring missions

N/A

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Illustrative material  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/366/

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 1994

The Chan Chan Archaeological Zone was inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger in 1986 in view of the fragility of its adobe structures. An extensive monitoring report on the conditions of the site, prepared in the context of the regional monitoring programme for Latin America, was presented to the seventeenth session of the Committee. It was concluded that the conservation and maintenance of the site require continuous efforts as well as the recuperation of the land within the protected area that is presently being occupied by farmers.

In order to carry further the research and training in adobe conservation, the Peruvian authorities have taken the initiative to organize in 1995 a regional/international training course in Chan Chan which will be organized with ICCROM and CRATerre. Parallel to the course, the participants and international experts will also evaluate the conservation practices and experiences in Chan Chan and define new conservation policies. A request for financial assistance for this activity will be presented to the Bureau for approval.

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

The Committee is recommended to welcome this initiative and to request the authorities to submit the results of the course and the assessment of the conservation policies and practices to the Secretariat so that recommendations for future actions can be presented at the next session of the Committee. It is recommended that this site be retained on the List of World Heritage in Danger.

Decision Adopted: 18 COM IX

Chan Chan Archaeological Zone (Peru)

The Committee welcomed the initiative of the Government of Peru to organise in October 1995, in collaboration with ICCROM and CRATerre, a regional course on the conservation of adobe, parallel to which the participants and international experts would also evaluate the past conservation practices and experiences in Chan Chan and define new conservation policies for this site. The Committee requested the authorities to submit the results of the course and the assessment of the conservation policies and practices to the Secretariat so that recommendations for future actions can be presented at the next session of the Committee. It decided that this site be retained on the List of World Heritage in Danger.