Year of inscription on the World Heritage List 1980
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/23/documents/
Requests approved: 0
Total amount approved: USD 15,000
For details, see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/23/assistance/
UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds
Previous monitoring missions
Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports
Illustrative material see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/23/
Information presented to the Bureau of the World Heritage Committee in 1994
UNESCO experts noted very serious weathering of many stone blocks particularly at the base of the columns due to capillary rising and variations in humidity and temperature. However, other disturbing points should be mentioned and in particular the urban growth of the neighbouring agglomeration and an economic and technical development project prejudicial to the conservation of the site: an international tarmac road which crosses the site is subject to heavy automobile and truck traffic (vibrations, pollution, risk of accidents...), a monumental entrance to the site built within its perimeter, a pipeline crossing the southern necropolis, a brightly-coloured antenna on hill, the construction of an hotel close to the thermal springs...).
The Bureau could recommend that the Syrian authorities take into account the recommendations of the UNESCO experts, especially with regard to long-term urban planning for the rapidly expanding agglomeration, the implementation of the long-deferred road by-pass project which would skirt the site, and the extension of the protective limits of the archaeological site.
Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 1994
Analysis and Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre, ICOMOS and ICCROM
Decision Adopted: 18 EXT.BUR V.B.1.1
In examining the 10 technical cooperation requests for cultural properties, 2 submitted by ICCROM and 8 by State Parties, the Bureau decided, in accordance with previous decisions taken by the Committee, to give priority to activities for properties on the List of World Heritage in Danger and to those having a catalytic effect rather than for the funding of specific restoration works.
Requests approved by the Bureau
1. The Historic Town of Ouro Preto (Brazil) - US$20,000
The Bureau approved US$20,000 out of the total amount of US$50,000, subject to obtaining assurance that the balance of US$30,000 for the construction of 5 houses for the relocation of the affected inhabitants be funded by other sources.
2. ICCROM Technical Assistance - US$25,000
The Bureau approved this financial support to the ICCROM Technical Assistance programme to supply institution of State Parties, free of charge, with basic documentation, scientific and didactic equipment and conservation products.
3. Printing of Management Guidelines for World Cultural Heritage Sites, by B.M. Feilden and J. Jokilehto - US$6,900
The Bureau approved this request to support the printing cost of the French-language edition of this publication if othersources, notably of the Francophone community cannot be identified.
Requests not approved by the Bureau
1. Ngorongoro Conservation Area (United Republic of Tanzania) (International Conference on Ngorongoro, in Bellagio, Italy)
The Bureau, while recognizing the value of the proposed international conference in Italy for the Tanzanian conservators, did not recommend approval of this request in view of other requests of higher priority and due to the availability of other funding sources for this conference at the Rockfeller Foundation in Italy.
2. Palmyra (Syrian Arab Republic)
The Bureau did not recommend the approval by the Committee of this request for US$90,000. It recommended that the Committee requests the Syrian authorities to prepare a global and coherent conservation programme for this site in accordance with the recommendations of the UNESCO expert mission which took place in December 1993.
Decision Adopted: 18 BUR VI.B
The Bureau was informed that, in accordance with the recommendations of UNESCO's expert mission carried out in December 1993, a working meeting was held at Headquarters on 31 May 1994, with the Delegate of the Syrian Arab Republic to UNESCO and the national authorities in charge of the conservation of the cultural heritage.
The World Heritage Centre was thus informed that the Syrian authorities are currently preparing a global project to safeguard and develop the city of Palmyra, for which a contribution to the national financial efforts will be requested from the Committee at its eighteenth session in December 1994, inasmuch as all the components of this global plan will have been defined. The Bureau noted with satisfaction the progress made on this project.
Decision Adopted: 18 COM XII.3
The Committee noted that the Bureau in examining the ten technical cooperation requests for cultural properties, two submitted by ICCROM and eight by States Parties, gave priority to activities for properties on the List of World Heritage in Danger and to those having a catalytic affect rather than for the funding of specific restoration works, in accordance with previous decisions taken by the Committee.
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The Committee approved the following requests on the basis of the recommendations of the Bureau:
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