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Ancient Ksour of Ouadane, Chinguetti, Tichitt and Oualata

Mauritania
Factors affecting the property in 2009*
  • Financial resources
  • Human resources
  • Identity, social cohesion, changes in local population and community
  • Impacts of tourism / visitor / recreation
  • Legal framework
  • Management activities
  • Management systems/ management plan
  • Other climate change impacts
  • Society's valuing of heritage
Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports

a) Socio-economic and climatic changes;

b) Gradual abandonment of the towns;

c) Transformations made to houses affecting their authenticity;

d) Tourism pressure;

e) No technical conservation capacities;

f) No management mechanism (including legal);

g) Lack of human and financial resources;

h) Weak institutional coordination.

UNESCO Extra-Budgetary Funds until 2009

Total amount provided to the property: USD 44,166 in the framework of the France-UNESCO Convention; USD 40,860 for the supervision of the World Bank-Mauritanian Government-UNESCO tripartite project (USD 1,245,000).

International Assistance: requests for the property until 2009
Requests approved: 7 (from 1995-2001)
Total amount approved : 119,632 USD
Missions to the property until 2009**

April 2001: World Heritage Centre mission; 2002 to 2004: six World Heritage Centre missions in the framework of the World Bank project; December 2006: France-UNESCO mission and joint ICOMOS-World Heritage Centre mission.

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2009

At its 31st session (Christchurch, 2007), the World Heritage Committee in particular requested that the State Party put in place local management mechanisms with adequate human and financial resources. It also encouraged it to submit an International Assistance Request with a view to strengthening the management and conservation capacities.

At the time of preparation of this document, no report has been transmitted by the State Party and no recent information has otherwise been received.

The World Heriage Centre and the Advisory Bodies remain concerned by the lack of legal and regulatory measures for the property, the implementation of efficient management arrangements, including the adoption of planning and capacity building tools for its appropriate conservation.

Decisions adopted by the Committee in 2009
33 COM 7B.59
Ancient Ksour of Ouadane, Chinguetti, Tichitt and Oualata (Mauritania) (C 750)

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-09/33.COM/7B.Add,

2. Recalling Decision 31 COM 7B.64, adopted at its 31st session (Christchurch, 2007),

3. Regrets that the State Party has not submitted a state of conservation report for the property and implementation of its recommendations;

4. Strongly urges the State Party to implement its earlier recommendations;

5. Requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2010, a report on the state of conservation of the property and implementation of its Decision 31 COM 7B.64, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 34th session in 2010.

Draft Decision: 33 COM 7B.59

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-09/33.COM/7B.Add,

2. Recalling Decision 31 COM 7B.64, adopted at its 31st session (Christchurch, 2007),

3. Regrets that the State Party has not submitted a state of conservation report for the property and implementation of its recommendations;

4. Strongly urges the State Party to implement its earlier recommendations;

5. Requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2010, a report on the state of conservation of the property and implementation of its Decision 31 COM 7B.64, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 34th session in 2010.

Report year: 2009
Mauritania
Date of Inscription: 1996
Category: Cultural
Criteria: (iii)(iv)(v)
Documents examined by the Committee
arrow_circle_right 33COM (2009)
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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