Risk management at heritage sites: A case study of the Petra world heritage site

Vafadari, Azadeh, Cesaro, Giorgia, Santana Quintero, Mario, Van Balen, Koen and Vileikis, Ona (2012) Risk management at heritage sites: A case study of the Petra world heritage site. Project Report. UNESCO, Paris; Aman, 128p. ISBN 978-92-3-001073-7. [Book]

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Abstract (in English)

The Risk Mapping Project in Petra, collaborative project, started in February 2011 for a period of fifteen months in response to the increasing risks for loss of heritage values at the site and a need for their assessment and proposing responses to reduce their impact. Petra Archaeological Park (PAP), the most significant World Heritage site in Jordan, with its unique landscape, monuments and natural gorges, is a fragile property. Further to its inherent fragile characteristics, Petra is endangered by natural and human-made threats and impacts. Lack of an implemented management plan coupled with no clear property boundaries and an absence of buffer zones as remcommended by the World Heritage Committee, and weak visitor management strategies, result in major gaps in the management of the property and increasing risks to the site. Accordingly, risk assessment and research to better address the challenges of the management of Petra Word Heritage site have been identified as the most appropriate tools for mitigation of risks and protection of the values of the property. This publication examines a systematic approach in order to identify threats, their causes, and understand and access their effects, and proposes ways to choose reponses and mitigation strategies in order to reduce the impact of threats. This publication presents a risk management methodology to be used as a systematic tool for the better management of heritage sites. The methodology developed incorporates similar approaches used by the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM), and the Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI)-Institute for Cultural Heritage of the Netherlands (ICN).

Item Type: Book (Project Report)
Authors:
AuthorsEmail
Vafadari, AzadehUNSPECIFIED
Cesaro, GiorgiaUNSPECIFIED
Santana Quintero, MarioUNSPECIFIED
Van Balen, KoenUNSPECIFIED
Vileikis, Onaona.vileikis@asro.kuleuven.be
Editors:
EditorsEmail
Paolini, AnnaUNSPECIFIED
Languages: Arabic, English
Keywords: world heritage; world heritage sites; risk management; conservation projects; preventive conservation; archaeological heritage; archaeological sites; stone; risk assessment; methodology; documentation; buffer zones; monitoring; evaluations; jordan
Subjects: B. ARCHAEOLOGY > 02. Archaeological site and remains
E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 07. Management
G.DETERIORATION > 02. Causes of deterioration
G.DETERIORATION > 04. Effects of deterioration
G.DETERIORATION > 05. Prevention of deterioration
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 03. Archaeological sites
M.WORLD HERITAGE CONVENTION > 07. Management plan
P.GEOGRAPHIC AREAS > 02. Africa
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Petra, Jordan
UNESCO WHC Number: 326
International Scientific Committee: Archaeological Heritage Management
Number of Pages: 128
ISBN: 978-92-3-001073-7
Depositing User: Mrs Lucile Smirnov
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2013 11:23
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2013 11:23
URI: http://openarchive.icomos.org/id/eprint/1456

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