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Previous Committee Decisions 30 COM 7B.53 ; 31COM 7B.63 ; 33 COM 7B.58

International Assistance N/A

UNESCO Extra-budgetary funds N/A

Previous monitoring missions January 2007: Joint World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS reactive monitoring mission; August 2008: World Heritage Centre mission

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

  • a)

    Need to complete the Management Plan in order to co-ordinate actions in the short- and medium-term;

  • b)

    Need to provide a detailed map at the appropriate scale showing the boundaries of the property and buffer zone;

  • c)

    Threat to rock-hewn monumental tombs as a result of inadequate protection, leading to vandalism and the development of agricultural activities in the rural zone and urban constructions;

  • d)

    Inappropriate earlier restoration work;

  • e)

    Problem of discharge of sewage from the modern town into the Wadi Bel Ghadir;

  • f)

    Inadequate on-site security and control systems;

  • g)

    Need for a presentation and interpretation system for visitors and the local population.

Illustrative material http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/190

Current conservation issues

During its 31st session (Christchurch, 2007), the World Heritage Committee requested the State Party to complete the Management Plan already under preparation, to provide a map indicating the precise boundary of the property, to inform the World Heritage Centre of any new project, in particular the establishment of a new urban settlement adjacent to Shahat. The State Party was also requested to reinforce the staff of the Department of Antiquities at the property and to avoid all harsh cleaning treatments and over restoration of monuments liable to have a negative impact on the authenticity and integrity of the property.

During the 33rd session of the World Heritage Committee (Seville, 2009), no report was transmitted by the State Party. At the time of writing of the present document, the State Party has still not transmitted a report and no recent information has been received otherwise. Indeed, the State Party not having participated in the Second Cycle of Periodic Reporting in the Arab States, the World Heritage Centre possesses no information on the state of conservation of the property or progress in the implementation of the recommendations of the World Heritage Committee.

The World Heritage Committee and the Advisory Bodies regret that no report has been submitted by the State Party. They remain deeply concerned about the absence of management measures for the property, including security and control for the protection of the monuments, the need for appropriate conservation and interpretation, as well as capacity building in order to fully respond to the issues of conservation and management of the property.

State of conservation of World Heritage properties inscribed on the World Heritage List

WHC-10/34.COM/7B.Add, p. 106

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