1.         Tipasa (Algeria) (C 193)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1982

Criteria  (iii)(iv)

Year(s) of inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger    2002-2006

Previous Committee Decisions  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/193/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0 (from 1989-2001)
Total amount approved: USD 75,900
For details, see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/193/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds

Total amount provided to the property: USD 9,564 from the Italian Funds-in-Trust.

Previous monitoring missions

2002: World Heritage Centre and experts missions; March 2006: joint World Heritage Centre / ICOMOS reactive monitoring mission

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

a) Natural degradation caused by littoral erosion, marine salt and vegetation covering part of the inscribed sectors;

b) Deterioration of the remains due to vandalism, theft and uncontrolled visitation causing accumulation of rubbish;

c) Urbanisation on the outskirts of the property where, in the absence of a defined buffer zone, illegal construction provokes land disputes;

d) Lack of capacities for site conservation, unsuitable restoration techniques, and poor conservation conditions for the archaeological remains;

e) Proposed port development.

Illustrative material  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/193/

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2008

The State Party’s report was received by the World Heritage Centre on 31 January 2008, including a document entitled Plan de Protection et de Mise en valeur des sites archéologiques de Tipasa et de sa zone de protection (PPMVSA): Méthodologie d’approche et contenu de l’étude [Protection and management plan for the Archaeological Site of Tipasa and its Buffer Zone: Methodology and content], dated December 2007.

This document constitutes the terms of reference for developing the protection and management plan. It integrates this plan into the overall statutory protection and planning structure and identifies those aspects which are already in force or being planned. A work plan is outlined, in four phases:

a) Diagnosis and urgent actions;

Topographic and archaeological survey and outline of the PPMVSA;

Finalization of the PPMVSA;

Development of the overall management plan for the archaeological site, the town, and the countryside;

It is estimated that the first three phases will require 300 days for completion, up to 20 November 2008. The State Party submitted as well a « Fiche technique du projet de réaménagement du port de pêche et de plaisance de Tipasa » (Direction des travaux publics et de la Culture- Tipasa, janvier 2008), and the « Fiche technique de la station d’épuration et de traitement des eaux usées de la Wilaya de Tipasa » (Direction de l’hydraulique et de la Culture – Tipasa, janvier 2008). Indeed, within the framework of the sanitization of the Wilaya and the protection of the heritage of the archaeological site of Tipasa, a wastewater treatment plant was established and is operational since December 2007.

The World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies express concern that a more detailed plan with geographic coordinates delineating the property and its buffer zone has not been provided as requested by the World Heritage Committee at its 31st session (Christchurch, 2007).

Theinformation provided in the document related to the port does not allow an evaluation of the visual and archaeological impact of the proposed structures on the outstanding universal value of the property.

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


Decision Adopted: 32 COM 7B.56

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-08/32.COM/7B,

2. Recalling Decision 31 COM 7B.54, adopted at its 31st session (Christchurch, 2007),

3. Expresses its satisfaction at receiving the well structured and comprehensive terms of reference for the preparation of the Protection and management plan;

4. Requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2009, a report on the progress made with the completion and implementation of the Protection and management plan;

5. Also requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 December 2008, a map clearly displaying the delimitation of all components of this serial property, and its buffer zone, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 33rd session in 2009;

6. Further requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, as soon as possible and prior to carrying out the work, the detailed design of the proposed port development showing its impact on the property;

7. Requests moreover the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2009, a progress report on the implementation of the above recommendations, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 33rd session in 2009.