1.         Gelati Monastery (Georgia) (C 710bis)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1994

Criteria  (iv)

Year(s) of inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger    2010-present

Threats for which the property was inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger

Irreversible interventions as part of major reconstruction of the structure of Bagrati Cathedral

Desired state of conservation for the removal of the property from the List of World Heritage in Danger

Adopted, see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/decisions/4196

Corrective measures identified

Adopted, see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/decisions/4196

Timeframe for the implementation of the corrective measures

Adopted, see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/decisions/4196

Previous Committee Decisions  see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/710/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0
Total amount approved: USD 0
For details, see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/710/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds

N/A

Previous monitoring missions

November 2003, June 2008, March 2010, April 2012: Joint World Heritage Centre / ICOMOS Reactive Monitoring missions; October 2014: ICOMOS technical evaluation mission to Gelaty Monastery; January 2015: ICOMOS Advisory mission

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Illustrative material  see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/710/

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2016

On 1 February 2016, the State Party submitted a state of conservation report, which is available at https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/710/documents/ and which addresses the progress made in the implementation of the Committee’s Decision 39 COM 7A.39, including on the progress in a number of measures implemented concerning the Gelati Monastery, one of the components of the property:

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

The State Party responded to most of the issues raised by the World Heritage Committee in its previous Decisions, and supplied information about the implementation of the corrective measures adopted by the World Heritage Committee concerning the Gelati Monastery, one of the components of the property.  It has also addressed the issues raised in Decision 39 COM 8B.35 when the significant boundary modification request to remove Bagrati Cathedral was referred back to the State Party to allow them to clarify management procedures and responsibilities, to provide details as to how a higher level of commitment might be put in place by the major stakeholders to ensure adequate protection and management of the property; to submit the revised draft Management Plan for review; to provide a timetable for when physical and visual protection for the buffer zone will be formalized and when clear guidelines and guidance for management and any development within the buffer zone will be put in place.

In particular, it should be noted that the State Party has made progress with regard to the Management Plan for Gelati Monastery, which was finalized and submitted to the World Heritage Centre on 1 July 2015. ICOMOS has undertaken a technical review and considers the plan is pragmatic and is based on a very sensible and meaningful analysis of the current situation in the property. ICOMOS in its review has raised some minor queries regarding the buffer zone and its uses and has also made recommendations on tourism management in relation to developing employment opportunities, as ensuring the socio-economic sustainability, as this is identified as one of the key challenges of the Management Plan.

The competences and responsibilities between public authorities and the Church (on higher and local levels) are well defined regarding the preservation and protection of the site.

It is also noted that progress has been made with regard to the development of a draft Code on Cultural Heritage, as well as the establishment of the training platform in the field of cultural heritage in Georgia.

Although the state of conservation report submitted by the State Party contains responses to the Committee’s Decision 39 COM 8B.35 regarding the boundary modification of the property, it should be noted that the State Party has not re-submitted the significant boundary modification of the property to the World Heritage Centre, in conformity with Paragraph 159 of the Operational Guidelines, for examination by the World Heritage Committee, following its referral by the Committee.

Decision Adopted: 40 COM 7A.28

The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Having examined Document WHC/16/40.COM/7A,
  2. Recalling Decisions 39 COM 7A.40 and 39 COM 8B.35, adopted at its 39th session (Bonn, 2015),
  3. Welcomes the progress made by the State Party in the implementation of the corrective measures concerning the Gelati Monastery, one of the components of the property;
  4. Notes the information provided by the State Party inter alia in response to Decision 39 COM 8B.95, regarding the significant boundary modification of the property, and in particular:
    1. The clarified Management procedures and responsibilities of the various agencies and organisations involved,
    2. The details on putting measures in place by the major stakeholders, including the development of the draft of the Code on Cultural Heritage, to ensure adequate protection and management of the property,
    3. The Revised Draft Management Plan, submitted, and subsequently reviewed by ICOMOS,
    4. The legally adopted extended buffer zone of Gelati Monastery,
    5. The secured adequate resources for long-term programmes of restoration for the fabric of the monastery and its mural paintings,
    6. The developed system of documentation for conservation and restoration work,
    7. Details on the construction of the visitor centre outside the Gelati Monastery linked to a visitor management strategy, which started in 2015 in conformity with the June 2013 ICOMOS review recommendations;
  5. Urges the State Party to formally resubmit the significant boundary modification of the property to the World Heritage Centre by 1 February 2017, in conformity with Paragraph 159 of the Operational Guidelines, for examination at its 41st session in 2017;
  6. Requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 Febuary 2017, an updated report on the state of conservation of the property and the implementation of the above, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 41st session in 2017;
  7. Decides to retain Bagrati Cathedral and Gelati Monastery (Georgia) on the List of World Heritage in Danger.

Decision Adopted: 40 COM 8C.2

The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Having examined the state of conservation reports of properties inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger (WHC/16/40.COM/7A, WHC/16/40.COM/7A.Add and WHC/16/40.COM/7A.Add.2),
  2. Decides to retain the following properties on the List of World Heritage in Danger: