1.         Ephesus (Turkey) (C 1018rev)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  2015

Criteria  (iii)(iv)(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/1018/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0
Total amount approved: USD 0
For details, see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1018/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds

N/A

Previous monitoring missions

N/A

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Threats identified at the time of inscription of the property in 2015:

Illustrative material  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1018/

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2017

On 2 December 2016, the State Party submitted a state of conservation report, which is available at https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1018/documents/, informing that:

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

The reported progress in achieving legislative protection for the entire buffer zone, and the commitment to revise the management plan are welcome. It is however recommended that the Committee request the State Party to provide confirmation of this legislative protection.

However, the lengthy delay in revising the management plan is unfortunate. These revisions are to include the research and conservation programmes for the overall property, with provision for findings to be integrated into future management, education and interpretation, as well as the extension of the monitoring system to relate to the inventory/database of the property.  The earliest possible revision of the management plan should be encouraged, and the date of completion confirmed.

Information about the cable car project is also welcomed, in particular the choice of an alignment outside of the property and buffer zone.  It is recommended that the Committee request the State Party to submit the details of the project and the results of the HIA, as soon as they are available, to the World Heritage Centre, for review by the Advisory Bodies, and before any irrevocable decisions are taken about this project.

Decision Adopted: 41 COM 7B.51

The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Having examined Document WHC/17/41.COM/7B,
  2. Recalling Decisions 39 COM 8B.37 and 40 COM 8B.50, adopted at its 39th (Bonn, 2015) and 40th (Istanbul/UNESCO, 2016) sessions respectively,
  3. Requests the State Party to confirm that the legislative protection sought for the entire buffer zone has been achieved;
  4. Recommends that the State Party take into account the matters raised in Decision 39 COM 8B.37 in the earliest possible revision of the management plan, and also requests the State Party to confirm the planned date for completion of this revision and to submit the revised version of the management plan to the World Heritage Centre, for review by the Advisory Bodies, as soon as it becomes available;
  5. Further requests the State Party to submit details about the cable car project as well as the results of the Heritage Impact Assessment (HIA) of this project to the World Heritage Centre, for review by the Advisory Bodies, as soon as they become available, in accordance with Paragraph 172 of the Operational Guidelines, well before any irrevocable decisions are taken about the construction of the cable car;
  6. Finally requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 December 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 43rd session in 2019.