1.         Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou (Morocco) (C 444)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1987

Criteria  (iv)(v)

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/444/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0
Total amount approved: USD 0
For details, see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/444/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds


Previous monitoring missions

August 2000: World Heritage Centre epxert mission 

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Illustrative material  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/444/

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2000

A mission report dated August 2000 formulated the following recommendations:

·  Status of the site at the national level: finalise the process of listing the site, including the private properties included therein;

·  Strengthen the capacities of the CERKAS responsible for the site;

·  Create a management commission for the site;

·  Create a working group to elaborate a management plan;

·  Content of the management plan and the timeframe for its elaboration.

However, since the inscription on the World Heritage List of Ksar Ait Ben Hadou, this site has progressively become abandoned and has degraded and the report recommends that the site be inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger.  This inscription is fully justified given its present state and deterioration of a large area, as well as the fact that the corrective measures which are required should be undertaken most urgently.  It comprises an adobe architecture which can last for centuries if it is regularly monitored and maintained, but may “collapse” in a few decades if not properly kept in good repair.

Consequently, it was recommended that the authorities request that this site be placed on the List of World Heritage in Danger before the month of November 2000 so that a decision may be taken during the next meeting of the World Heritage Committee in December 2000.  Furthermore, financial assistance should be requested for the implementation of the afore-mentioned recommendations.

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


Decision Adopted: 24 COM VIII.iii.35-43

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Sun Temple of Konarak (India)

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Byblos (Lebanon)

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