1.         Archaeological Site of Cyrene (Libya) (C 190)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1982

Criteria  (ii)(iii)(vi)

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/190/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0
Total amount approved: USD 0
For details, see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/190/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds


Previous monitoring missions

January 2007: Joint World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS reactive monitoring mission; August 2008: World Heritage Centre mission 

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

a) Need to complete the Management Plan in order to co-ordinate actions in the short- and medium-term;

b) Need to provide a detailed map at the appropriate scale showing the boundaries of the property and buffer zone;

c) Threat to rock-hewn monumental tombs as a result of inadequate protection, leading to vandalism and the development of agricultural activities in the rural zone and urban constructions;

d) Inappropriate earlier restoration work;

e) Problem of discharge of sewage from the modern town into the Wadi Bel Ghadir;

f) Inadequate on-site security and control systems;

g) Need for a presentation and interpretation system for visitors and the local population.

Illustrative material  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/190/

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2011

During its 31st session (Christchurch, 2007), the World Heritage Committee requested the State Party to complete the Management Plan already under preparation, to provide a map indicating the precise boundary of the property and to inform the World Heritage Centre of any new project, in particular as regards the establishment of a new urban settlement adjacent to Shahat. The State Party was also requested to reinforce the staff of the Department of Antiquities at the property and to avoid all harsh cleaning treatments and over restoration of monuments which may have a negative impact on the authenticity and integrity of the property.

No report was transmitted by the State Party neither at the 33rd session of the World Heritage Committee nor at the 34th session (Brasilia, 2010). At the time of drafting the present document, the State Party has not transmitted a report and no recent information has been received otherwise. The State Party not having participated in the Second Cycle of Periodic Reporting in the Arab States, the World Heritage Centre possesses no information on the state of conservation of the property or progress in the implementation of the recommendations of the World Heritage Committee. 

Analysis and Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre, ICOMOS and ICCROM

The World Heritage Committee and the Advisory Bodies wish to highlight the absence of management measures for the property, including security and control for the protection of the monuments, the need for appropriate conservation and interpretation, as well as capacity-building in order to fully respond to the issues of conservation and management of the property. 

Decision Adopted: 35 COM 7B.53

The World Heritage Committee,

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

2. Recalling Decision 34 COM 7B.58, adopted at its 34th session (Brasilia, 2010),

3. Notes that the State Party has not submitted a state of conservation report to its 31st (Christchurch, 2007), 33rd (Seville, 2009) and 34th (Brasilia, 2010) sessions;

4. Urges the State Party to implement its earlier decisions and the measures recommended by the joint World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS mission of January 2007;

5. Requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2012, a report on the state of conservation of the property and the implementation of its Decision 31 COM 7B.63, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 36th session in 2012.