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Tipasa

Algeria
Factors affecting the property in 2011*
  • 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

a) Natural degradation caused by littoral erosion, marine salt and vegetation covering part of the inscribed sectors;

b) Deterioration of the remains due to vandalism, theft and uncontrolled visitation causing accumulation of rubbish;

c) Urbanisation on the outskirts of the property where,;

d) Lack of capacities for site conservation, unsuitable restoration techniques, and poor conservation conditions for the archaeological remains;

e) Proposed port development.

UNESCO Extra-Budgetary Funds until 2011

Total amount provided to the property: USD 9,564 from the Italian Funds-in-Trust.

International Assistance: requests for the property until 2011
Requests approved: 6 (from 1989-2001)
Total amount approved : 75,900 USD
Missions to the property until 2011**

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 2011

On 25 February 2011, the State Party submitted a report including a detailed study of the development of the port of Tipasa and a copy of the final draft of the Permanent Plan for the Enhancement and Safeguarding of the site (PPEAS). This detailed and well-illustrated document also identifies and evaluates the heritage resources, the urban growth scenario, the normative framework, the various public utility easements, and the demographic and socio-economic impacts. It also analyses the vulnerable components of the site and establishes emergency measures to be implemented for its protection and enhancement. A series of maps complete the document as well as specifications of technical requirements for urban planning and architecture, and specifications of technical standards (Handbook on conservation, development and management of the archaeological sites of Tipasa), and easement regulations for the protected area.

a) PPEAS

The final version of the Plan for the Protection and Enhancement of the Archaeological Sites of Tipasa was adopted on 13 December 2010 by the Popular Assembly of the Wilaya of Tipasa. It is based on the property boundaries as adopted by the World Heritage Committee at its 33rd session (Seville, 2009) in the framework of the Retrospective Inventory (Decision 33 COM 8D).

b) Project for the development of recreational spaces of the Port of Tipasa

The Directorate of Public Works of the Wilaya of Tipasa entrusted the study for this project to the Laboratory for Maritime Studies. The detailed and illustrated report presents the first two phases of development works: the preliminary study and summary pilot project. Two development scenarios, a grid plan and an open spiral plan were studied and presented. The project management retained the grid plan. This plan, the implementation of which is estimated at more than USD 6 million, defines six components: the marina, the fishing port, the landscaped park, the ancient garden which is the extension of Tipasa Museum, the esplanade of the port, and the cliff garden. The landscaping provides a link between the two historic sites. In the context of this study a diagnosis and a summary pilot project for the protection of the cliff were produced and attached to the report. Several variants of protective works were considered, but the solution retained is not specified.

Analysis and Conclusion by World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies in 2011

The World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies take note of the completion of the Plan for the Protection and Enhancement of the property, and will carefully study the documents provided.

The World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies also take note of the punctual dispatch of the summary pilot project for the development of the port of Tipasa. They would appreciate the opportunity to discuss the proposals with the State Party on the ground. This would allow a proper assessment giving the significant impact the works could have on the property. To this end, the World Heritage Centre and Advisory Bodies recommend that the State Party invites an advisory mission.

Decisions adopted by the Committee in 2011
35 COM 7B.46
Tipasa (Algeria) (C 193)

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-11/35.COM/7B.Add,

2. Recalling Decision 33 COM 7B.51, adopted at its 33rd session (Seville, 2009),

3. Takes note of the extensive work in drafting the final Plan for the Protection and Enhancement of the property and its protected area (PPEAS) and requests the State Party to keep the World Heritage Centre informed of progress in its implementation;

4. Also takes note of the summary pilot project for the development of the port, but regrets that the requested impact study was not transmitted, and encourages the State Party to invite an advisory mission to make an appropriate assessment, before preparing the detailed pilot project;

5. Also requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2013, a report on the state of conservation of the property, including progress made on the implementation of the PPEAS, for consideration by the World Heritage Committee at its 37th session in 2013.

Draft Decision: 35 COM 7B.46

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-11/35.COM/7B.Add,

2. Recalling Decision 33 COM 7B.51, adopted at its 33rd session (Seville, 2009),

3. Takes note of the extensive work in drafting the final Plan for the Protection and Enhancement of the property and its protected area (PPEAS) and requests the State Party to keep the World Heritage Centre informed of progress in its implementation;

4. Also takes note of the summary pilot project for the development of the port, but regrets that the requested impact study was not transmitted, and encourages the State Party to invite an advisory mission to make an appropriate assessment, before preparing the detailed pilot project;

5. Also requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2013, a report on the state of conservation of the property, including progress made on the implementation of the PPEAS, for consideration by the World Heritage Committee at its 37th session in 2013. 

Report year: 2011
Algeria
Date of Inscription: 1982
Category: Cultural
Criteria: (iii)(iv)
Danger List (dates): 2002-2006
Documents examined by the Committee
arrow_circle_right 35COM (2011)
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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