State of Conservation (SOC)
Mont-Saint-Michel and its Bay (1997)
UNESCO Extra-Budgetary Funds
International Assistance granted to the property
Total Amount Ap proved:0USD
Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports
- Siltation of the Bay
- Re-definion of the limits of the inscribed area needed
Current conservation issues
The Secretariat has received a report from the National Commission of France, prepared by the Ministry of Equipment, concerning a programme for the rehabilitation of the maritime character of Mont-Saint-Michel. The 7-year programme foresees among others the replacement of the dike over a thousand meters, with a bridge, the relocation of the visitor's parking lot two kilometres away from the Mont, and an improved system of public transportation. These actions are foreseen in the context of a master plan for the Mont-Saint-Michel Bay area. The research and procedural studies will take 3-4 years and the works are expected to take a further 3-4 years.
Analysis and Conclusion
Link to the decision
VII.55 The Committee noted the decisions of the twenty-first extraordinary session of the Bureau on the following cultural properties as reflected in the report of the Bureau session, Working Documents WHC-97/CONF.208/4B Section III.C.c):
Joya de Ceren Archaeological Site (El Salvador)
Le Canal du Midi (France)
Mont-Saint-Michel and its Bay (France)
Ashanti Traditional Buildings (Ghana)
Maya Site of Copan (Honduras)
Agra Fort, Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri (India)
Quseir Amra (Jordan)
Town of Luang Prabang (Lao People's Democratic Republic)
Pre-Hispanic City of Teotihuacan (Mexico)
Ilha de Mozambique (Mozambique)
Baroque Churches of the Philippines (Philippines)
Old Town of Segovia and its Aqueduct (Spain)
Cultural World Heritage sites in Sri Lanka
Ancient City of Damascus (Syrian Arab Republic)
Historic Areas of Istanbul (Turkey)
Itchan Kala, Historic Centre of Bukhara (Uzbekistan)
Shibam and Zabid (Yemen).
The Bureau may wish to adopt the following text and transmit it to the Committee for noting:
"The Bureau takes note of the report and commends the French authorities on this programme of rehabilitation which will greatly improve the integrity of the World Heritage site. It requests the State Party to keep the Committee informed on the progress made in the implementation of this project."
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The threats indicated are listed in alphabetical order; their order does not constitute a classification according to the importance of their impact on the property.
Furthermore, they are presented irrespective of the type of threat faced by the property, i.e. with specific and proven imminent danger (“ascertained danger”) or with threats which could have deleterious effects on the property’s Outstanding Universal Value (“potential danger”).