Factors affecting the property in 1998*
- Management systems/ management plan
- Marine transport infrastructure
International Assistance: requests for the property until 1998
Total amount approved : 0 USD
Missions to the property until 1998**
Information presented to the Bureau of the World Heritage Committee in 1998
The Centre was informed by the national authorities that the Ministry of Transport was planning an expansion of the port located within the site in order to improve facilities as a pleasure port. The mission which visited the site last December mentioned in its report that it was obvious that the expansion of the port would bring further leisure components such as shops, parking, restaurants, hotels, etc which would be detrimental to the value of the site. Consequently, in April the Centre sent a team of specialists from the Delft University of Technology to prepare alternative proposals and to formulate the first stages of a master plan scheme for the site and the town of Byblos.
The mission and the concerned national authorities agreed on the relocation of the new harbour to a place about three hundred meters north of the site limits. Moreover, facilities for the new port such as, connection road, shops, parking, etc will be located outside the site.
Action RequiredAfter having taken note of the report of the Secretariat, the Bureau warmly commends the Lebanese authorities’ for their co-operation and their decision to change the location of the new harbour. The Bureau also urges the authorities to launch the preparation of the management plan for the site in order to prevent further uncontrolled developments within the site.
Decisions adopted by the Committee in 1998
22 BUR V.B.51
After having taken note of the report of the Secretariat, the Bureau warmly commended the Lebanese authorities for their co-operation and their decision to change the location of the new harbour. The Bureau also thanked the Technical University of Delft for its contribution and requested the authorities to begin the preparation of a management plan for the site in accordance with the recommendations of the specialist mission of the University, thus preventing other uncontrolled development taking place within the perimeter of the property, and improving its protection and enhancement.
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”).