1.         Isole Eolie (Aeolian Islands) (Italy) (N 908)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  2000

Criteria  (viii)

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/908/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0
Total amount approved: USD 0
For details, see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/908/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/908/

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2003

WHC:

The Permanent Delegation of Italy provided information to the Centre by letter of 31 January 2003, on the following points: 1. Pumice extraction in Lipari; 2. Implementation of the “Landscape Territorial Plan” and, 3. Advancement of the management plan of the site.

IUCN

IUCN received a copy of the State Party report, which noted that the Landscape Territorial Plan, previously been legitimized by the Court, had been additionally assessed by the Constitutional Court. According to the Decision No. 478, the Constitutional Court decided that the City and Regional Councils should not be called upon to decide on territorial planning.

IUCN has recently been informed that the Regional Directorate for Landscape and Environment (Regional Assessorato Territorio ed Ambiente) received requests to establish a new pumice stone quarry and to extend four existing quarries, some of them extending into the World Heritage site.

The report received from the State Party noted that the relevant authorities are in the process of organizing a set of meetings to discuss the preparation of the plan for the closure of the pumice quarries. This plan will be incorporated into the General Management Plan of the Lipari Council and it will outline the Government’s incentives for providing alternative job solutions for people involved in pumice extraction. 

Analysis and Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre and IUCN

N/A

Decision Adopted: 27 COM 7B.18

The World Heritage Committee [11],

1. Notes the report provided by the State Party and the positive development of the Constitutional Court ruling related to the adoption, legitimacy and implementation of the Landscape Territorial Plan;

2. Welcomes the State Party's intention to close the pumice quarries;

3. Expresses concern about the status of the requests for opening of a new pumice stone quarry and the extension of four existing quarries within the World Heritage property;

4. Requests the State Party to keep the World Heritage Centre and IUCN informed about the developments related to this issue and to provide a report to the World Heritage Centre by 1 February 2004 in order that the World Heritage Committee can examine the state of conservation of the property at its 28th session in 2004.

[11]  Decision adopted without discussion