1.         Mount Athos (Greece) (C/N 454)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1988

Criteria  (i)(ii)(iv)(v)(vi)(vii)

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/454/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0
Total amount approved: USD 0
For details, see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/454/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/454/

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2004

The Monastery of Hilandar, part of the World Heritage property of Mount Athos, has recently been seriously damaged by an accidental fire. The Director of the World Heritage Centre, in a letter of 11 March 2004 addressed to the Greek Delegation, expressed his solidarity with Greece and his concern about the state of conservation of the property, and requested the authorities to provide updated information on the current state of conservation of the site, and on the eventual measures that have been taken to mitigate the threats.

 

Furthermore, by letter of 28 August 2003, the World Heritage Centre requested the State Party to provide information on the restoration works that are being carried out in the World Heritage property and on the eventual preparation of an overall management plan, which includes the natural values of this mixed site.

Analysis and Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies

N/A

Decision Adopted: 28 COM 15B.37

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Notes with concern damages at the property by the devastating fire at the Hilandar Monastery;

2. Expresses its solidarity with the State Party and the orthodox community of the Monastery;

3. Requests the State Party to inform the World Heritage Centre on the current state of conservation of the property and the measures taken to minimise the damage by 1 February 2005, for consideration by the World Heritage Committee at its 29th session in 2005;

4. Urges the State Party to develop an overall management plan for the World Heritage property, which includes the natural values.