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Decision 44 COM 7B.138
Medina of Sousse (Tunisia) (C 498bis)

The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Having examined Document WHC/21/44.COM/7B,
  2. Acknowledges the State Party’s efforts in the protection, conservation and rehabilitation of the property;
  3. Notes with concern the potential threats posed to the property due to the absence of a safeguarding and valorisation plan (PSMV) and coordination, absence of a consultation framework concerning interventions, urban pressure and densification, social and economic factors, visual impact on the integrity of the property, loss of traditional knowledge, and alteration of building elements and materials;
  4. Requests the State Party to finalise, adopt and implement the PSMV in order to ensure the conservation and management of the property, including tourism management, and coordination among stakeholders;
  5. Also requests the State Party to seek mechanisms and opportunities to integrate the PSMV into the urban development plan of the City of Sousse to address the management and conservation of the property in an integrated and coordinated manner, and in line with the 2011 UNESCO Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape;
  6. Encourages the State Party to invite a joint World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS/ICCROM Advisory mission to the property, as soon as conditions allow, to provide advice and discuss with all relevant authorities and stakeholders the steps to define a comprehensive framework to redress conservation and management issues and ensure the sustenance of the Outstanding Universal Value of the property;
  7. Reminds the State Party of its obligation to submit information on major projects to the World Heritage Centre, in compliance with Paragraph 172 of the Operational Guidelines, for examination by the Advisory Bodies before any irreversible decisions are made;
  8. Further Requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 December 2022, 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 46th session.
Decision Code
44 COM 7B.138
States Parties 1
Properties 1
State of conservation reports
2021 Medina of Sousse
Decisions adopted at the 44th extended session of the World Heritage Committee
Context of Decision