Year of inscription on the World Heritage List 1991
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/561/documents/
Requests approved: 0
Total amount approved: USD 3,333
For details, see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/561/assistance/
UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds
Previous monitoring missions
November-December 1994: ICOMOS mission to Sri Lanka
Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports
Illustrative material see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/561/
Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2014
On 6 February 2014, the State Party submitted a state of conservation report, upon request made by the World Heritage Centre regarding the introduction of a Buddha statue at the entrance of the property and other issues related to the management and ownership of the property.
The State Party reports that while the Central Cultural Fund (CCF) has officially been responsible for its conservation and management since 1996, it could not intervene any more in the management of the property. Instead, since 1996, the management has been taken over by the Temple Authorities and this includes the management of entrance fees, infrastructure in and around the property, visitor facilitators, and conservation and restoration of 2100 m² mural paintings as well as 157 medium to outsized polychrome sculptures.
The State Party enlists the current issues in the property as follows:
The State Party reports that there are unauthorized and unacceptable new additions to the property which are beyond the control of the CCF.
Analysis and Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre, ICOMOS and ICCROM
It is recommended that the Committee express its concern over the current situation in which the relevant authorities seem to encounter difficulties in conservation and management of the property.
In this context, It is also recommended that the Committee encourage the State Party to invite a reactive monitoring mission to the property to carry out a thorough assessment on its state of conservation, including its management effectiveness ranging from conservation to visitor management as well as the appropriateness of a newly introduced golden Buddha statue at the site, as it is incumbent upon the State Party to ensure the protection of the Outstanding Universal Value (OUV) of the property.
It is recommended that the Committee also encourage the State Party to be involved in the management of the property, in particular on the management system that should involve not only the Temple authorities, but also the relevant authorities of the State Party. For this purpose, the State Party should explore in future the most appropriate way to manage this property, in particular issues related to the ownership, which might be separated from the management authorities.
Decision Adopted: 38 COM 7B.22
The World Heritage Committee,