Over the last several months, the World Heritage Centre has received numerous messages, through the NGO Platform Save the Tua, from individuals expressing their concern regarding the Foz Tua dam project, located inside the buffer zone, but outside the World Heritage property “Alto Douro Wine Region” limit. Those messages drew attention to the adverse impact it may have on the landscape, heritage, wine production and ecology of the site.

The World Heritage Centre would like to underline that the competent authorities of the State Party of Portugal as well as the Advisory Bodies (ICOMOS, ICCROM, IUCN) are fully informed of the concerns raised by the citizens’ campaign. The project is being considered by all parties and is being monitored according to the Operational Guidelines for the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention.

The World Heritage Centre would like also to recall that a joint World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS/IUCN reactive monitoring mission to the property took place in 2012 at the request of the World Heritage Committee, with international specialists which reviewed this matter. The mission report is available on our web-site: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1046/documents/.

Subsequently the 37e session of the World Heritage Committee (Phnom Penh, 2013) considered the state of conservation and the different reports and adopted a Decision in this regard, which is also available on-line, at the following page: http://whc.unesco.org/en/decisions/5093/. As per the decision, the State Party of Portugal has submitted a state of conservation report by 1st February 2015, available on-line, at the following page: http://whc.unesco.org/document/134968.