1.         Mont-Saint-Michel and its Bay (France) (C 80bis)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1979

Criteria  (i)(iii)(vi)

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/80/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0
Total amount approved: USD 0
For details, see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/80/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/80/

Information presented to the Bureau of the World Heritage Committee in 1997

The UNESCO National Commission for France submitted a report to the Secretariat, prepared by the Ministry of Equipment, on a programme for the rehabilitation of the maritime character of the Mont-Saint-Michel. The programme foresees a master plan for the area and the replacement of the dike by a bridge, as well as the relocation of the visitors' car park. The Bureau took note of the report and commended the French authorities on this programme of rehabilitation which will greatly improve the integrity of the World Heritage site.

Action Required

It requested the State Party to keep the Committee informed on the progress made in the implementation of this project.

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 1997

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 Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre, ICOMOS and ICCROM

N/A

Decision Adopted: 21 COM VII.C.55

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)

Moenjodaro (Pakistan)

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).