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ARAB STATES

8.

Wadi Al-Hitan (Whale Valley) (Egypt) (N 1186)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List 2005

Criteria (viii)

Year(s) of inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger N/A

Previous Committee Decisions 29 COM 8B.5; 32 COM 7B.5

International Assistance N/A

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds N/A

Previous monitoring missions N/A

Factors affecting the property N/A

Illustration material http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1186

Current conservation issues

On 7 April 2010 the State Party submitted a report on the conservation of the property to the World Heritage Centre, in response to the request of the World Heritage Committee in its Decision 32 COM 7B.5. This decision noted the significant progress by the State Party in managing this property since its inscription, and a number of outstanding issues including in relation to the possible extension of the property, vehicle use, provision of funding and the revision of the management plan.

The State Party report is set out as a five-year progress report, and has been prepared by the management unit for the property, covering the period since the date of inscription on the World Heritage List.

a)

Boundary changes

The State Party report mentions that an extension of the property is a long-term goal but provides no further information on this issue. The World Heritage Centre and IUCN consider that the World Heritage Committee has already provided clear guidance on the potential for extension of the property to include Gebel Qatrani, which does not need to be restated further.

b)

Management of tourism, including vehicle use

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

WHC-10/34.COM/7B.Add, p. 13

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