1.         Diyarbakır Fortress and Hevsel Gardens Cultural Landscape (Turkey) (C 1488)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  2015

Criteria  (iv)

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/1488/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0
Total amount approved: USD 0
For details, see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1488/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds

N/A

Previous monitoring missions

N/A

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Illustrative material  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1488/

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2016

The World Heritage Centre has received information from third parties and media reports on damages to the World Heritage property “Diyarbakır Fortress and Hevsel Gardens Cultural Landscape”.

On 15 December 2015, 17 December 2015, 6 April 2016 and 27 April 2016, letters were sent by the World Heritage Centre to the State Party requesting information and verification on the state of conservation of the property.

On 11 May 2016, the State Party submitted a report concerning the state of conservation of this property.  This report provides information on the incurred damages and subsequent progress achieved in safeguarding the property.

In its report, the State Party noted the following details:

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

Following reports on the situation, the property and its buffer zone have been exposed to widespread attacks and consequent security operations in recent months. As such, it has been reported that the historic structures of the property, as well as a number of historic buildings and monuments in the buffer zone suffered damage.

The security situation in Diyarbakir remains challenging for heritage preservation. Notwithstanding these difficulties, some progress has been made with small scale conservation initiatives. The State Party’s efforts in ensuring that the Outstanding Universal Value (OUV), the authenticity and the integrity of the property are sustained, are to be noted.

It is recommended that the responsible authorities take all possible measures to safeguard the property to prevent further damage. It is also recommended that, as soon as the security situation allows, the responsible authorities carry out an in-depth assessment of the state of conservation of the property and its buffer zone. The results of this assessment are to be submitted to the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies for review, in line with the Operational Guidelines.

It is further recommended that the Committee request the State Party to invite, at a later stage and when the situation allows, a joint World Heritage Centre/Advisory Bodies Reactive Monitoring mission to the property to evaluate the nature and extent of any threats and propose appropriate measures to be taken.

Decision Adopted: 40 COM 7B.60

The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Having examined Document WHC/16/40.COM/7B.Add.2,
  2. Recalling Decision 39 COM 8B.32, adopted at its 39th session (Bonn, 2015),
  3. Expresses its concern over the situation prevailing in Diyarbakir;
  4. Acknowledges the steps taken by the State Party to protect the property and its buffer zone and underlines the importance of preventing any further damage to the property;
  5. Requests the State Party, as soon as the security situation allows, to carry out an assessment of the state of conservation of the property and submit the results to the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies for review;
  6. Further requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2017, an updated report 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.

Decision Adopted: 40 COM 8B.50

The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Having examined Document WHC/16/40.COM/8B.Add,
  2. Adopts the following Statements of Outstanding Universal Value for the following World Heritage properties inscribed at the 38th (Doha, 2014) and the 39th (Bonn, 2015) sessions: