1.         Um er-Rasas (Kastrom Mefa'a) (Jordan) (C 1093)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  2004

Criteria  (i)(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/1093/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0 (from 2007-2009)
Total amount approved: USD 34,750
For details, see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1093/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds

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

Previous monitoring missions

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

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Illustrative material  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1093/

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 Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre, ICOMOS and ICCROM

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).

Decision Adopted: 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.