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Um er-Rasas (Kastrom Mefa'a)

Jordan
Factors affecting the property in 2017*
  • Major visitor accommodation and associated infrastructure
  • Management systems/ management plan
  • Other Threats:

    Unstable structures and lack of security

Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports
  • Lack of Management systems / plan / structure
  • Unstable structures and lack of security
  • Lack of comprehensive conservation plan
  • Important tourism development project with new constructions
UNESCO Extra-Budgetary Funds until 2017

Total amount granted: USD 6,000 from the Italian Funds-in-Trust

International Assistance: requests for the property until 2017
Requests approved: 2 (from 2007-2009)
Total amount approved : 34,750 USD
Missions to the property until 2017**

March-April 2005: ICOMOS Reactive Monitoring mission; November 2006: Joint World Heritage Centre/ ICOMOS mission; March 2008: Joint World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS mission; July 2008: World Heritage Centre expert mission for the Stylite tower

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2017

The State Party did not submit a report on the state of conservation, as requested by the World Heritage Committee at its 39th session (Bonn, 2015).

Analysis and Conclusion by World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies in 2017

Regrettably, the State Party has not provided a report on the progress achieved in a number of conservation issues previously addressed by the Committee, including completing and adopting a Management Plan (which must include a comprehensive Conservation Plan and archaeological research policy), addressing public access and use of the property, and resolving the vulnerabilities of the property, most notably the Stylite Tower.

Despite some progress having been made since the inscription of the property in 2004, these issues have yet to be fully resolved and continue to be a concern. It is therefore recommended that the Committee reiterate all requests included in Decision 39 COM 7B.53 (Bonn, 2015).

Decisions adopted by the Committee in 2017
41 COM 7B.81
Um er-Rasas (Kastrom Mefa’a) (Jordan) (C 1093)

The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Having examined Document WHC/17/41.COM/7B.Add,
  2. Recalling Decision 39 COM 7B.53, adopted at its 39th session (Bonn, 2015),
  3. Regrets that the State Party did not submit a report on the state of conservation of the property, as requested by the Committee at its 39th session in 2015;
  4. Reiterates its request to the State Party to complete the Management Plan, which must include a comprehensive Conservation Plan and archaeological research policy, and integrate a Public Use Plan;
  5. Requests the State Party to report on the implementation of the conservation measures at the Stylite Tower before detailed work is planned;
  6. Also 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.
Draft Decision: 41 COM 7B.81

The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Having examined Document WHC/17/41.COM/7B.Add,
  2. Recalling Decision 39 COM 7B.53, adopted at its 39th session (Bonn, 2015),
  3. Regrets that the State Party did not submit a report on the state of conservation of the property, as requested by the Committee at its 39th session in 2015;
  4. Reiterates its request to the State Party to complete the Management Plan, which must include a comprehensive Conservation Plan and archaeological research policy, and integrate a Public Use Plan;
  5. Requests the State Party to report on the implementation of the conservation measures at the Stylite Tower before detailed work is planned;
  6. Also 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.
Report year: 2017
Jordan
Date of Inscription: 2004
Category: Cultural
Criteria: (i)(iv)(vi)
Documents examined by the Committee
arrow_circle_right 41COM (2017)
Exports

* : The threats indicated are listed in alphabetical order; their order does not constitute a classification according to the importance of their impact on the property.
Furthermore, they are presented irrespective of the type of threat faced by the property, i.e. with specific and proven imminent danger (“ascertained danger”) or with threats which could have deleterious effects on the property’s Outstanding Universal Value (“potential danger”).

** : All mission reports are not always available electronically.


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