1.         Old Town of Segovia and its Aqueduct (Spain) (C 311bis)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1985

Criteria  (i)(iii)(iv)

Year(s) of inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger  N/A

Previous Committee Decisions  see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/311/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0
Total amount approved: USD 0
For details, see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/311/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds

N/A

Previous monitoring missions

N/A

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Illustrative material  see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/311/

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2006

At its 29th session, the World Heritage Committee requested the State Party to report on the state of conservation of the World Heritage property, given that the Segovia Aqueduct was listed as one of the “100 Most Endangered Sites” by the World Monuments Fund in 2005.

The processes for including a site on the World Monuments Watch List are linked to a specific conservation or restoration project suggested by local authorities, associations, individuals etc. and are not necessarily linked with potential or ascertained threats to the World Heritage values of a property. Between 1998 and 2005 UNESCO staff and ICOMOS members participated in the World Monuments Watch panel and provided information on World Heritage whenever appropriate. In a case where clear threats to the World Heritage values and the authenticity/integrity of properties are being identified through the World Monuments Watch listing process, the States Parties is requested to report through the World Heritage procedures in compliance with paragraph 172 of the Operational Guidelines.

The State Party report underlines that the differences between the World Monuments Watch and World Heritage processes. It states that the World Monuments Fund “has fully comprehended the need to protect this monument from the dangers threatening its future conservation. However, the inclusion of the monument on the List of the 100 Most Threatened Sites … has given rise to a series of misunderstandings regarding the monument’s state of conservation and to speculation about an alleged situation of abandonment which at no time has arisen,” and concludes with the hope that “these issues have been sufficiently clarified in this communication.”

Following the review of the report by ICOMOS it is suggested that a leading expert in the conservation of major classical monuments be invited by the State Party to visit Segovia and make an independent report for presentation to the next session of the Committee.

Analysis and Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre, ICOMOS and ICCROM

N/A

Decision Adopted: 30 COM 7B.91

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-06/30.COM/7B,

2. Recalling Decision 29 COM 7B.103, adopted at its 29th session (Durban, 2005),

3. Encourages the State Party to seek specific international expertise in the conservation of major classical monuments and to keep the World Heritage Centre and ICOMOS informed on its outcome.