Year of inscription on the World Heritage List 2013
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/1268/documents/
Requests approved: 0
Total amount approved: USD 30,000
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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/1268/
Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2016
On 12 December 2015, the State Party submitted a state of conservation report, which is available at https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1268/documents/. Progress in a number of conservation issues addressed by the Committee at its previous sessions is presented in this brief report, as follows:
Analysis and Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre, ICOMOS and ICCROM
The State Party’ state of conservation report outlines the progress achieved on the recommendations made by the Committee at the time of inscription in 2013, rather than on the specific requests it made in 2014 (Decision 38 COM 7B.52). In brief, the 2013 recommendations were to continue the inventory of monuments and housing, establish restoration standards, monitor the results of the policy prohibiting the use of non-traditional materials, deal with the inappropriate advertisements inside the property and buffer zone, develop monitoring indicators and report the results of their application, engage the population and raise local awareness, focus on the transmission of traditional construction practices, address the question of rare traditional wood species, and pay more attention to sanitation. The progress on these conservation issues described in the current report is encouraging but slow, likely because of difficulties encountered related to inadequate resources.
Absent from this state of conservation report are progress updates on a Tourism Plan and on a more fully-developed elaboration of key monitoring indicators, both of which were highlighted in the Committee’s decision in 2014. The State Party has not commented on whether any progress has been made on a Sustainable Tourism Development and Management Plan. The State Party’ stated intent to update the property’s overall Conservation and Management Plan in 2016 provides a well-timed opportunity to include with it an integrated sustainable tourism strategy.
While a summary table of monitoring indicators and their expected outcomes has been submitted with the current state of conservation report, there remains a need to more fully develop key monitoring indicators in order to be able to assess, both in the moment and over time, whether the values for which the property was inscribed on the World Heritage List are being maintained. These key indicators, both quantitative and qualitative, must be linked directly to the attributes and processes that sustain the Outstanding Universal Value (OUV), including the authenticity and integrity of the property. The key indicators should relate to management systems that actively help to sustain the OUV; they should be practical, so that data can be collected in a regular and systematic way; the periodicity of their examination should be indicated, along with the identity of the authorities responsible for collecting the data; and they should be measurable, wherever this is practicable.
The World Heritage Centre and Advisory Bodies appreciate the State Party’s continuing attention to the recommendations made by the Committee at the time of inscription in 2013. Furthermore, it is recommended that the Committee reiterate its encouragement to the State Party to develop and integrate a Sustainable Tourism Development and Management Plan with the updated Conservation and Management Plan for the property that is planned for 2016 and to consult with the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies to more fully develop key monitoring indicators.
Decision Adopted: 40 COM 7B.16The World Heritage Committee,