Baku, Azerbaijan | Integrated Area Management Action Plan
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|Years 2006-07||Location Baku, Azerbaijan||People Served 3,200||Area Size 100 hectares||Sponsor World Bank|
|Client Cultural Support Heritage Project||Team members François Vigier, Mona Serageldin, John Driscoll|
|The Walled City of Baku (Icheri Sheher), including the Shirvanshah’s Palace and the Maiden Tower, was selected as a UNESCO World Heritage site in December 2000 as “an outstanding and rare example of an historic urban ensemble and architecture with influence from Zoroastrian, Sassanian, Arabic, Persian, Shirvani, Ottoman and Russian cultures.”
Recent development pressures were cited by UNESCO as a threat to the integrity of Icheri Sheher and the site was inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger in 2003.
In 2006, The World Bank financed the preparation of a comprehensive management plan for Baku’s old city that included:
The management plan prepared by the Institute team (Francois Vigier [PI], Mona Serageldin, John Driscoll, Christa Lee-Chuvala) was adopted by the relevant central and local authorities and endorsed by UNESCO as an appropriate strategy to safeguard and restore the site and guide infrastructure investments.