Old Walled City of Shibam

Factors affecting the property in 1997*
  • Flooding
  • Management systems/ management plan
  • Other Threats:

    Poor maintenance

Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports
  • Floods
  • Poor  maintenance
International Assistance: requests for the property until 1997
Requests approved: 4 (from 1982-1993)
Total amount approved : 101,800 USD
Missions to the property until 1997**
Information presented to the Bureau of the World Heritage Committee in 1997
The Secretariat and ICOMOS reported that restoration works are not executed in conformity with the character of the monuments and accepted conservation standards. 

Action Required
The Bureau requested the Secretariat to send a mission to Yemen to:
1) advise on the completion of the 1994 emergency assistance and
2) advise the authorities on the preparation of a training request under the World Heritage Fund for the personnel of the Organization for the Preservation of the Historic Cities in Yemen.
Summary of the interventions
This report was not discussed during the World Heritage Committee session.
Decisions adopted by the Committee in 1997
Report year: 1997
Date of Inscription: 1982
Category: Cultural
Criteria: (iii)(iv)(v)
Danger List (dates): 2015-present
Documents examined by the Committee
arrow_circle_right 21COM (1997)

* : 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.