Decision : CONF 201 XII.116-117
Colonial City of Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic)
XII.116 The Bureau noted that the State Party's national Bureau for Monumental Heritage provided the World Heritage Centre, on 31 January 2002, with a preliminary report in Spanish (an English translation was subsequently provided on 11 February 2002), on the state of conservation of six colonial houses built by Nicolás de Ovando, siutated in the Historic Centre of the colonial town, as well as the measures which have been undertaken.
1) The national Direction for Heritage met to define a strategy to be followed and to initiative the actions to be undertaken vis-à-vis the occupants renting the buildings, with a view to changing the use of the houses.
2) The work has been temporarily halted. This halt will provide a time for reflection for a new concept of the hotel project that will enhance the use of inner spaces (patios) as links between the buildings.
3) The national Bureau for Monumental heritage has requested the Secretariat of the Environment of the State Party for a report on the impact of the destruction of the sewage system on the urban tissue.
4) New legislation (rules, standards and/or laws) is being formulated, and a draft law for monumental heritage has been finalised.
XII.117 The Bureau requested the State Party to provide a report before 1 February 2003, containing additional information on the progress of the work, the Secretariat of the Environnement's report and on the decisions taken concerning the draft law for monumental heritage, for submission to the 27th session of the Bureau.