1.         Antigua Guatemala (Guatemala) (C 65)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1979

Criteria  (ii)(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/65/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0 (from 1979-1999)
Total amount approved: USD 96,016
For details, see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/65/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds

N/A

Previous monitoring missions

early 2001: ICOMOS mission

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Illustrative material  see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/65/

Information presented to the Bureau of the World Heritage Committee in 2001

Previous deliberations:
Twenty-second session of the Committee (paragraph VII.42).
Twenty-third session of the Bureau (paragraph IV.15).

Main Issues: Damage to architecture through earthquake and impact of proposed shopping centre.

New information: To respond to concerns raised over the planned construction of a shopping centre with possible impact on the World Heritage values of the site, the State Party submitted a report and requested an ICOMOS advisory mission, which is currently being organised.

Furthermore, the World Heritage Centre received a report on the damages caused by the earthquake that shook Central America on 13 January 2001. The tremors aggravated damages already suffered in 1976 and caused moderate damage but heightened the danger of collapse for some of the buildings. The report shows that an inventory of the damages has been elaborated, as well as a budget estimate for repair and consolidation works. The World Heritage Centre has recently received a request for international assistance that is being processed.

Action Required

The Bureau may wish to examine information that will be provided / may be available at the time of its session and take the appropriate decision thereupon.

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2001

The State Party is reviewing the report of the ICOMOS monitoring mission, which visited the site earlier this year, in order to give its comments.

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

N/A

Decision Adopted: 25 BUR V.246-247

V.246     The World Heritage Centre informed the Bureau that it had received a report on the damage caused by the earthquake that struck Central America on 13 January 2001. The tremors aggravated damage already experienced in 1976 and caused moderate damage but heightened the danger of collapse for some of the buildings. The Centre is currently discussing an emergency assistance request with the State Party.

V.247     ICOMOS reported on the results of an expert mission, which evaluated the impacts of the construction of a shopping centre on the property’s universal values, as well as its general state of conservation. The Advisory Body informed the Bureau that the building project was definitely suspended, but indicated that there were more general legislative problems, as well as pressures due to tourism and development. The lack of a buffer zone was also highlighted. The efforts of the State Party to address these problems were commended. The complete report will be submitted to the State Party for comment by the 15 September 2001 to be reported to the twenty-fifth extraordinary session of the Bureau.