Retrospective Inventory and boundary clarifications
The Retrospective Inventory is a project aiming at the identification and collection of baseline data (such as boundaries, geographical coordinates, serial components, area of properties in hectares, etc.) for properties inscribed on the World Heritage List in the timeframe 1978-1998.
The project is carried out in seven phases
- Elaboration of a Retrospective Inventory of the content of the Nomination file, as stored at the archives of the World Heritage Centre, of ICOMOS and of IUCN;
- Identification of gaps in each Nomination file (it is possible that no map was submitted at the time of the submission of the file, or that it did not show any boundary for the property);
- Notification of the State Party concerned about the gaps identified, including a specification of the information requested;
- Answer from the State Party (two printed copies and an electronic copy, maps in .jpg or .pdf formats);
- Examination of the newly submitted information by the State Party, in order to verify that the submitted data reflect the situation at the time of the inscription;
- Presentation of the information in a working document to the World Heritage Committee to take note;
- Publication of the information on the website of the World Heritage Centre.
Clarifications of boundaries
The clarifications of boundaries, as they refer to the delimitation of properties at the time of their inscription on the World Heritage List, differ from minor boundary modifications, which refer to any modification (minor increase of the size of a property, establishment of a buffer zone, etc…) intervened after the inscription. Before a proposal for a minor boundary modification can be submitted, it is necessary that the boundaries at the time of the inscription are clear or have been clarified.
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The Retrospective Inventory was launched by the World Heritage Committee in 2004 and is ongoing according to the following calendar:2004-2005: Nomination files of properties in Europe;
2006: Nomination files of properties in the Arab States;
2007-2008: submissions of the First Cycle of Periodic Reporting of properties in Europe;
2009: Nomination files of properties in Africa;
2010: Nomination files of properties in Asia and the Pacific ;
2011: Nomination files of properties in Latin America and the Caribbean;
2012: Nomination files of properties in North America.
How to present to World Heritage Committee a buffer zone or a proposal for minor boundary modification?
- Operational Guidelines
- The differences between boundary clarifications and minor boundary modifications
- The format for minor boundary modifications
Other activities (6)
- Follow-up of the First Cycle of the Periodic Reporting exercise in Europe and North America (2006-2011)
- Periodic Reporting 1st Cycle: Asia & Pacific (2003)
- Periodic Reporting 1st Cycle: Europe and North America
- Periodic Reporting 2nd Cycle : Latin America and the Caribbean (2013)
- Periodic Reporting 2nd Cycle: Asia & Pacific (2012)