Six files of Algerian material cultural property, oasis and urban sites, thematic routes or even ancient funerary monuments, appear on the indicative list of Unesco, in a provisional statement of the properties to be proposed for inclusion in the World Heritage of the ‘humanity.
The files of “foggara oases and ksour of the Grand Erg Occidental”, “Augustinian sites, places and routes of the central Maghreb”, “Nedroma and the Trara”, “Oued Souf”, “The Royal Mausoleums of Numidia, Mauretania and pre-Islamic funerary monuments”, as well as the “Aurès Park with the oasis establishments of the Rhoufi and El Kantara gorges” appear, as stipulated in the 1972 Convention, on the indicative list of Unesco.
In the register of good practices, Unesco has highlighted the “development program for the historic city of Bejaïa”, the program for the sustainable management of world heritage launched in Constantine in 2002, programs for the safeguarding, development and promotion of traditional building techniques in the M’zab Valley as well as local awareness and learning programs held in Djemila and Tlemcen.
For more than twenty years, Algeria has also had a legal instrument, law 98-04, whose purpose is to define the cultural heritage of the Nation, and to enact the general rules for its protection, its safeguard and its development, allowing, moreover, the definitive classification of hundreds of sites and cultural goods in the national and local register.
The Algerian State, represented by the Ministry of Culture and the Arts in coordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Community Abroad, has also carried out a project to preserve biodiversity of global importance and the sustainable use of ecological system services in Algerian cultural parks.
This project was carried out over ten years in partnership with the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in the five cultural parks created since independence.