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Factors affecting the property in 2001*
  • Financial resources
  • Management systems/ management plan
  • Other Threats:

    Need for monitoring of the situation at the site

Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports
  • Difficult financial situation
  • Need for monitoring of the situation at the site
International Assistance: requests for the property until 2001
Requests approved: 2 (from 1996-1997)
Total amount approved : 106,000 USD
1997 Butrint (Approved)   100,000 USD
1996 Technical assistance for the restoration of Butrint (Approved)   6,000 USD
Missions to the property until 2001**

October 1997: joint UNESCO/ICOMOS/Butrint Foundation assessment mission; April 2001: joint mission UNESCO/ICOMOS/Butrint Foundation 

Information presented to the Bureau of the World Heritage Committee in 2001

Previous deliberations:
Twenty-fourth session of the Committee – paragraph VIII.16
Twenty-fourth ordinary session of the Bureau - paragraph IV.16

New information: As requested by the World Heritage Committee at its twenty-fourth session (Cairns, November – December 2000), a UNESCO-ICOMOS-Butrint Foundation mission was undertaken to the site.

Action Required

The Bureau may wish to examine the findings and recommendations of the UNESCO-ICOMOS-Butrint Foundation mission at the time of its session and take appropriate decisions.

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2001

New information:              

The twenty-fifth session of the Bureau requested the State Party to submit a report by 15 September 2001 on its proposal for the implementation of recommendations contained in the report of the joint mission UNESCO-ICOMOS-Butrint Foundation (19-24 April 2001). At the time of the preparation of this document, no information has been received from the State Party. 

Decisions adopted by the Committee in 2001
25 BUR V.64-69
Butrint (Albania)

V.64       The Secretariat informed the Bureau of the joint mission of UNESCO-ICOMOS-Butrint Foundation to Albania that was undertaken from 19 to 25 April 2001 at the request of the World Heritage Committee to assess the implementation of the programme of corrective measures that was adopted at the time of the inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger in 1997.

V.65       The mission concluded that very important measures had been taken by the Government of Albania in establishing the appropriate legal and institutional framework for the site. It noted, however, that there is still illegal construction taking place within the boundaries of the Park, that the site museum had not been re-installed as of yet and that the authority of the Park administration still needs to be strengthened. The mission concluded that the progress made to date needed to be consolidated and institutionalised by implementing the following actions:

  • Enlargement of the Butrint National Park Board to include, at the national level, all relevant authorities (e.g Ministry of Agriculture, Public Works, ….) and to permit an effective participation of local authorities, in order to ensure a strong and effective co-ordination for the management of the World Heritage site.
  • Clear identification of responsibilities between local authorities and the Park Directorate within the World Heritage site and its surroundings.
  • Identification of the amount of outstanding conservation work and prioritization and planning its execution.
  • Adoption of the Draft Management Plan.

V.66       The Bureau took note of the report of the joint UNESCO-ICOMOS-Butrint Foundation mission to Butrint. It commended the Government of Albania for the actions it had taken in response to the mission of October 1997, particularly the establishment of the Butrint National Park, the extension of the World Heritage site and the creation of the Butrint National Park Office. It endorsed the mission's conclusion that it is necessary to further strengthen and institutionalise the Park and its management structure and that particular attention should be given to regional co-ordination in order to prevent developments within and outside the Park that might affect the integrity of the site.

V.67       With regard to the World Heritage Fund Emergency Assistance, approved by the Committee in December 1997, the Bureau regretted that serious delays had occurred in its implementation. It requested the Government to take the necessary administrative measures and requested the Secretariat to work closely with the Government for the smooth completion of the assistance by the time of the twenty-sixth session of the Committee.

V.68       The Bureau requested the Secretariat to transmit the mission report to the Government of Albania for consideration and comments and requested the Government to submit a report by 15 September 2001 on its proposals for the implementation of its recommendations.

V.69       The Bureau recommended the World Heritage Committee to retain the site on the List of World Heritage in Danger and to field another assessment mission to the site in October 2003 in order to allow the World Heritage Committee to review the progress made and in order to assess if the site can be deleted from the List of World Heritage in Danger at its twenty-eighth session (June 2004).

25 COM VIII.61
Butrint (Albania)

VIII.61 The Committee examined the state of conservation of the site and urged the State Party to submit a report on the progress made in the implementation of the recommendations made by the joint UNESCO-ICOMOS-Butrint Foundation mission by 1 February 2002, for examination at its twenty-sixth session (June 2002).

The Committee may wish to examine information from the State Party that may be available at the time of its session and take appropriate decisions and make recommendations for implementation by the State Party, ICOMOS, the Centre and the Butrint Foundation. 

Report year: 2001
Date of Inscription: 1992
Category: Cultural
Criteria: (iii)
Danger List (dates): 1997-2005

* : The threats indicated are listed in alphabetical order; their order does not constitute a classification according to the importance of their impact on the property.
Furthermore, they are presented irrespective of the type of threat faced by the property, i.e. with specific and proven imminent danger (“ascertained danger”) or with threats which could have deleterious effects on the property’s Outstanding Universal Value (“potential danger”).

** : All mission reports are not always available electronically.