Year of inscription on the World Heritage List 1997
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/773/documents/
Requests approved: 0
Total amount approved: USD 0
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Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2004
Since the inscription of the property, the Centre has continuously received letters of concern regarding the Festival de Gavarnie, which has been taking place every summer in the Cirque de Gavarnie, a part of the core zone on the French side of this transboundary World Heritage property. According to the information received, the festival constitutes an attraction point of tourism flows in the high season as well as a strong visual impact in an ecologically sensitive area. IUCN noted in its evaluation of the nomination dossier in 1996 that, following an agreement with the local authorities, the festival was about to be relocated. Yet, this relocation has never happened. No further information was obtained from the French authorities despite repeated requests.
Furthermore, the Centre was informed that a Management Council was being created to coordinate the management of the French part of the site and to link with the Spanish managing authorities.
Analysis and Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies
Decision Adopted: 28 COM 15B.36
The World Heritage Committee,
1. Noting that the Festival de Gavarnie has not been relocated,
2. Requests that the authorities halts the contested activities of the Festival at Gavarnie as initially announced at the time of inscription of the property;
3. Welcomes furthermore the authorities’ initiative to set up a Management Council for the French side of the World Heritage property;
4. Invites the States Parties of France and Spain to keep the World Heritage Centre informed on the progress made for the management plan and transboundary coordination of the property;
5. Requests the State Party of France to provide a report on the implementation of the proposed relocation of the Festival by 1 February 2005 for consideration by the World Heritage Committee at its 29th session in 2005.