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Tipasa

Algeria
Factors affecting the property in 2015*
  • Deliberate destruction of heritage
  • Erosion and siltation/ deposition
  • Housing
  • Human resources
  • Illegal activities
  • Impacts of tourism / visitor / recreation
  • Management activities
  • Marine transport infrastructure
Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports
  • Natural degradation caused by littoral erosion, marine salt and vegetation covering part of the inscribed sectors
  • Deterioration of the remains due to vandalism, theft and uncontrolled visitation causing accumulation of rubbish
  • Urbanisation on the outskirts of the property where, in the absence of a defined buffer zone, illegal construction provokes land disputes
  • Lack of capacities for site conservation, unsuitable restoration techniques, and poor conservation conditions for the archaeological remains
  • Proposed port development
UNESCO Extra-Budgetary Funds until 2015

Total amount granted: USD 9,564 from the Italian Funds-in-Trust

International Assistance: requests for the property until 2015
Requests approved: 6 (from 1989-2001)
Total amount approved : 75,900 USD
Missions to the property until 2015**

2002: World Heritage Centre and experts missions; March 2006: joint World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS Reactive Monitoring mission

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2015

On 22 January 2015, a report on the state of conservation of the property was submitted by the State Party, a summary of which is available at https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/193/documents. The State Party reports the following:

  • A Heritage Impact Assessment (HIA) of the proposed enhancement of Tipasa’s port, as requested by the World Heritage Committee in 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2013, is now in progress; a preliminary report was submitted to the State Party in February 2015, with the final report expected in mid-May 2015. A corresponding Advisory mission proposed by the State Party in 2013 was not formally requested due to the delay created by contractual problems. In its report, the State Party has proposed convening the Advisory mission in late February or early March 2015 to discuss the project with the parties concerned and to make an assessment of the situation; this mission could not be organised in the proposed dates since no formal request has been made by the end of March 2015. The State Party advises that a study for the protection of the harbour cliff is currently being developed by the Directorate of Public Works of the Wilaya of Tipasa for the implementation of emergency measures for the protection of the cliff.
  • Regarding further details on the protection and enhancement works foreseen at the property, the State Party reports that the office in charge of the Tipasa archaeological site contracted a conservation programme in compliance with the protection and enhancement plan for the archaeological sites of Tipasa (approved by Executive Decree of 25 March 2012) and its Management Plan (which is in the process of being updated). This programme concerns scientific, promotional and public education activities. In terms of training, a mosaic conservation technician training school was set up through a cooperative agreement with the Getty Foundation and the Mozaikon programme. Activities also include training of the site’s staff in risk management, and restoration and development initiatives at the archaeological parks, site museum and Royal Mausoleum of Mauretania.

A limited consultation project of studies and follow-up protection and enhancement works referred to in the State Party’s February 2013 state of conservation report was delayed due to inconclusive tender procedures. However, restoration and enhancement works were undertaken at the Royal Mausoleum and at the archaeological parks, involving a mosaic protection initiative as well as repairs to the site’s fencing and to the paving of the ancient theatre. The State Party advises that all the protection and enhancement works will be initiated as soon as tender procedures are finalized. In the meantime, new limited consultation procedures have continued.

Analysis and Conclusion by World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies in 2015

The continuing progress being made on implementing the protection and enhancement plan for the archaeological sites of Tipasa and its protection zone is well noted, and it is recommended that the Committee request the State Party to continue to keep the World Heritage Centre informed of the progress in its implementation, and to submit to the World Heritage Centre a Heritage Impact Assessment study for the proposed enhancement of Tipasa’s port, before work commences. It would be important for the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies to have the opportunity to discuss the plan’s progress and the proposed port enhancement with the State Party and the parties concerned on the ground, as proposed by the State Party, in order to allow a proper assessment before detailed pre-project designs are prepared. It is therefore recommended that the Committee encourage the State Party to organize the Advisory mission as soon as possible.  

Decisions adopted by the Committee in 2015
39 COM 7B.47
Tipasa (Algeria) (C 193)

The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B,
  2. Recalling Decision 37 COM 7B.45, adopted at its 37th session (Phnom Penh, 2013),
  3. Takes note of the continuing progress made in implementing the plan for the protection and enhancement of the property and its protected area;
  4. Reiterates its request to the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre an assessment of the impact of the proposed enhancement of Tipasa’s port on the property, in line with the ICOMOS Guidance on Heritage Impact Assessments for Cultural World Heritage Properties, before work commences;
  5. Encourages the State Party to organize, in due time, the joint World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS Advisory mission it proposes in its report, to assess progress in the implementation of the plan for the protection and enhancement of the property and its protected area, and to assess the proposed enhancement of Tipasa’s port before detailed pre-project designs are prepared
  6. Requests the State Party to submit the updated Management Plan, once it is completed, to the World Heritage Centre for review by ICOMOS;
  7. Also requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 December 2016, an updated report, including a 1-page executive summary, on the state of conservation of the property and the implementation of the above, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 41st session in 2017.
Draft Decision: 39 COM 7B.47

The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B,
  2. Recalling Decision 37 COM 7B.45, adopted at its 37th session (Phnom Penh, 2013),
  3. Takes note of the continuing progress made in implementing the plan for the protection and enhancement of the property and its protected area;
  4. Reiterates its request to the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre an assessment of the impact of the proposed enhancement of Tipasa’s port on the property, in line with the ICOMOS Guidance on Heritage Impact Assessments for Cultural World Heritage Properties, before work commences;
  5. Encourages the State Party to organize, in due time, the joint World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS Advisory mission it proposes in its report, to assess progress in the implementation of the plan for the protection and enhancement of the property and its protected area, and to assess the proposed enhancement of Tipasa’s port before detailed pre-project designs are prepared
  6. Requests the State Party to submit the updated Management Plan, once it is completed, to the World Heritage Centre for review by ICOMOS;
  7. Also requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 December 2016, an updated report, including a 1-page executive summary, on the state of conservation of the property and the implementation of the above, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 41st session in 2017.
Report year: 2015
Algeria
Date of Inscription: 1982
Category: Cultural
Criteria: (iii)(iv)
Danger List (dates): 2002-2006
Documents examined by the Committee
SOC Report by the State Party
Report (2015) .pdf
arrow_circle_right 39COM (2015)
Exports

* : 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.


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