Reactive Monitoring Mission to Samarkand and Shakhrisyabs (Uzbekistan) 

Duration:  March 2006.

Klient:   ICOMOS International and Unesco World Heritage Centre

Project aims :

The World Heritage Committee decision 29COM 7B.57. at the 29th Session in Durban 2005 expressed deep concern about the on-going large-scale restoration and urban landscaping programme at the Shaki-Zindah ensemble, which appear to be severely affecting the integrity and authenticity of the World Heritage property;

Further requests ICOMOS to carry out a reactive monitoring mission to the property as soon as possible in order to assess the actual impact of the works on the outstanding universal value of the World Heritage property and report to the Committee at its 30th session (Vilnius, 2006). Depending on the results of this mission, the Committee may inscribe the property in the List of World Heritage in Danger at its 30th session (Vilnius, 2006).

Tegnestuen Raadvad, consulting architects MAA, was commissioned to carry out a Reactive Monitoring Mission to Samarkand and Shakhrisyabz at the request of ICOMOS in response to the decisions taken by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee. The primary purpose of the mission was to assess the impact of the works carried out on Shakhi-Zinda ensemble in Samarkand. It was further decided to include a visit to Shakhrisyabz to assess the state of conservation of this property in view of previous requests for the development of a comprehensive Management Plan for the site.


Main entrance gate to the Shaki-Zindah ensemble; photo @ Flemming aalund, March 2006