1.         Medieval Monuments in Kosovo (Serbia) (C 724bis)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  2004

Criteria  (ii)(iii)(iv)

Year(s) of inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger    2006-present

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

Desired state of conservation for the removal of the property from the List of World Heritage in Danger

Corrective measures identified

Urgent / short-term corrective measures:

  1. Put in place appropriate guarding and security arrangements for the Church of the Virgin of Ljevisa;
  2. Prepare a conservation status report including a condition survey for the wall paintings and the status of the conservation works and take temporary measures where there is an urgent need (for example the lead roof of the west bay of the nave of the Church of Virgin of Ljevisa, that was partly removed);
  3. Prepare a risk preparedness study, in conformity with Paragraph 118 of the Operational Guidelines and with Decisions 28 COM 10B.4 and 30 COM 7.2;

Long-term corrective measures:

  1. Ensure the adequate long-term administrative, regulatory protection and management of the property, in conformity with Paragraph 97 of the Operational Guidelines;
  2. Put in place strong protective regimes for the buffer zones;
  3. Adequately delineate the boundaries (e.g. extend the boundaries of the Patriarchate of Pec to include more of its riverside-valley settings);
  4. Prepare detailed state of conservation reports as a basis for adapted monitoring, preventative conservation measures, and specific conservation projects to reverse decline;
  5. Ensure appropriate and timely implementation of the Management Plan.

Timeframe for the implementation of the corrective measures

* References to Kosovo shall be understood to be in the context of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 (1999).

Previous Committee Decisions  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/724/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0 (from 2003-2003)
Total amount approved: USD 0
For details, see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/724/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds

Total amount granted: USD 2,798,348 in 2008-2014 following the Donors Conference for the Protection and Preservation of Cultural Heritage in Kosovo, May 2005; USD 693,330 in 2008-2013 by the Italian Government; USD 76,335 in 2008-2013 by the Czech Government; USD 132,833 in 2008-2013 by the Greek Government; USD 2,010,000 in 2011-2014 by the Government of the Russian Federation and USD 45,000 in 2012-2013 by the Government of the Republic of Bulgaria

Previous monitoring missions

January 2007: UNESCO intersectoral mission to Kosovo; July 2008, January and August 2009, July 2010, July 2012, January and July 2013, January and June 2014, June and October 2015, April 2016, September 2017: missions of the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, Venice (Italy).

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

See above

Illustrative material  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/724/

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2021

At its 43rd session (Baku, 2019), the World Heritage Committee decided to adjourn the debate on the state of conservation of the property (Decision 43 COM 7A.46) until its next ordinary session. The State of conservation report submitted to the World Heritage Committee at its 43rd session is available on the World Heritage Centre’s website at the following page: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/724/documents/.

On 30 January 2020, the Permanent Delegation of the Republic of Serbia to UNESCO submitted a State of conservation report to the World Heritage Committee, followed by additional information on 29 January 2021, which is available on the World Heritage Centre’s website at the following page: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/724/documents/ . The report provides the following information:

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


Decision Adopted: 44 COM 7A.33

The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Decides to adjourn the debate on this agenda item until its next ordinary session.

Decision Adopted: 44 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/21/44.COM/7A, WHC/21/44.COM/7A.Add, WHC/21/44.COM/7A.Add.2, WHC/21/44.COM/7A.Add.2.Add),
  2. Decides to retain the following properties on the List of World Heritage in Danger: