State of Conservation (SOC)
Cultural Landscape of Sintra (2003)
UNESCO Extra-Budgetary Funds
International Assistance granted to the property
Total Amount Ap proved:10,000USD
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October-November 2000: joint ICOMOS/IUCN mission
Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports
Need for a restoration programme
Current conservation issues
By 20 March 2003, a state of conservation report elaborated by the Municipality of Sintra was sent to the Secretariat announcing the designation of a site manager responsible for the World Heritage site. The document states that several elements of the World Heritage site are in a serious condition: The two Parks (Pena and Monserrate) have not yet benefited from any improvement works; the Monserrate Palace and the Capuchos Covent are in a bad state of conservation, as is the “Chalet da Condessa” that had been subject to a fire after the inscription on the World Heritage List; there is no adequate planning policy taking into account the buffer zone and the transition zone of the World Heritage site; the restoration of the historic city centre of Sintra has made little progress. The document also underlines several aspects of improvement on the site as well as the debate on the projects undertaken by the Company “Parques de Sintra – Monte da Lua”. The main critical point remains the lack of a comprehensive management plan for the whole World Heritage site. It is foreseen to submit such a management plan by January 2004.
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The World Heritage Committee ,
1. Taking note of the report on the state of conservation of the Cultural Landscape of Sintra provided by the State Party,;
2. Notes that progress has been achieved in view of some recommendations made in 2000, including the restoration works on the Quinta da Regaleira;
3. Further notes that several elements of the World Heritage property are in serious condition;
4. Recalls its request for a detailed management plan for the property which should have been submitted by 31 December 2001;
5. Urges the State Party to submit the management plan 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.
 Decision adopted without discussion.
Draft Decision: 27 COM 7 (b) 72
The World Heritage Committee,
1. Taking of the report on the state of conservation of the Cultural Landscape of Sintra provided by the Portuguese authorities,
2. Notes that progress has been achieved in view of some recommendations made in 2000, including the restoration works on the Quinta da Regaleira,
3. Further notes that several elements of the World Heritage site are in serious condition;
4. Recalls its request for a detailed management plan for the site which should have been submitted by 31 December 2001,
5. Urges the State Party to submit the management plan by 1 February 2004 for review by the 28th session of the World Heritage Committee.
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Several elements of the World Heritage site in a serious condition; Fire
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”).