1.         Old Town of Ghadamès (Libya) (C 362bis)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1986

Criteria  (v)

Year(s) of inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger    2016-present

Threats for which the property was inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger

Conflict situation prevailing in the country

Corrective measures identified

Not yet identified

Timeframe for the implementation of the corrective measures

Not yet identified

Previous Committee Decisions  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/362/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0
Total amount approved: USD 0
For details, see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/362/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/362/

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2017

On 16 May 2017, the State Party submitted a report entitled “Historic Preservation”, which is available at https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/362/documents/. The report provides an overview of conservation and management initiatives undertaken before the conflict in Libya, the following information:

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

The information provided by the State Party demonstrates its commitment to the conservation of the property despite the prevailing conflict situation in the country and implies that the property did not incur serious damage.

Nevertheless, the prevailing situation continues to raise high concern about the capacity of the responsible authorities to ensure the protection and conservation of the property. It is recommended that Committee reiterate its request to the State Party to submit more detailed information about the situation at the property, and to invite, as soon as the security conditions permit, a joint World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS mission in order to assess the state of conservation of the property and elaborate, in cooperation with the relevant stakeholders, an action plan for the property. It is also recommended that the Committee reiterate the call made at its 40th session (Istanbul/UNESCO, 2016) for the international community to provide support to the State Party, especially in the implementation of the measures identified during the International Meeting on the Safeguard of Libya’s Cultural Heritage (Tunis, May 2016). The report is available at the following web address: https://whc.unesco.org/en/news/1496.

Decision Adopted: 41 COM 7A.40

The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Having examined Document WHC/17/41.COM/7A.Add,
  2. Recalling Decision 40 COM 7B.106, adopted at its 40th session (Istanbul/UNESCO, 2016),
  3. Notes with concern the absence of detailed information on the state of conservation of the property;
  4. Reiterates its call for an increased mobilization of the international community to provide more financial and technical support to the State Party, including through the UNESCO Emergency Fund for Heritage, to implement the short- and medium-term measures identified during the International Meeting on the Safeguard of Libyan Cultural Heritage (Tunis, May 2016);
  5. Requests the State Party to inform the World Heritage Centre of any evolution of the situation at the property as well as of measures undertaken to ensure its protection and conservation;
  6. Reiterates its request that the State Party invite the World Heritage Centre and ICOMOS to carry out a mission to the property as soon as the security conditions permit;
  7. Further requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2018, 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 42nd session in 2018;
  8. Decides to retain Old Town of Ghadamès (Libya) on the List of World Heritage in Danger.

Decision Adopted: 41 COM 8C.2

The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Having examined the state of conservation reports of properties inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger (WHC/17/41.COM/7A, WHC/17/41.COM/7A.Add and WHC/17/41.COM/7A.Add.2),
  2. Decides to retain the following properties on the List of World Heritage in Danger: