1.         Sceilg Mhichíl (Ireland) (C 757)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1996

Criteria  (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/757/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0
Total amount approved: USD 0
For details, see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/757/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/757/

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2008

An ICOMOS advisory mission visited the property from 25 to 29 November 2007, following the receipt by the World Heritage Centre of complaints regarding the need for a revised management plan, the scale of new interventions on the South Peak, the unrecorded destruction or movement of original features, the speculative nature of the reconstruction, the failure to publish the results of archaeological and architectural surveys, and a failure to consult local ferry operators on changes in access rules.

The mission concluded that, whilst the works have transformed the appearance of these remains, they are justifiable and that the outstanding universal value of the property remains intact. The mission also examined other aspects of the island’s management in the context of the draft management plan and, in particular, a disagreement between the Irish authorities and local ferry operators over landing permits.

The mission made the following key recommendations:

a) a fully resourced programme of publication should begin;

b) an academic advisory committee should be appointed to advise on publication and future research;

c) annual minuted meetings should be held with the ferry operators;

d) the criteria for the granting of new landing permits should be identified;

e) a site manager should be appointed for the property;

f) no changes should be made to the property boundary;

g) a detailed visitor survey should be conducted to inform visitor management;

h) toilet facilities should be provided on the island.

The full report of the mission is available at http://whc.unesco.org/archive/2008 and was transmitted to the authorities for comments. In a letter to the World Heritage Centre dated 26 February 2008 the State Party indicated that the recommendations of the mission would be incorporated into the management plan, which was to be finalized very shortly.

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

N/A

Decision Adopted: 32 COM 7B.96

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-08/32.COM/7B,

2. Notes the conclusions and recommendations of the report of the ICOMOS advisory mission to the property in November 2007;

3. Noting the need for improved visitor facilities;

4. Also notes the comments from the State Party on the mission report and its decision to incorporate the recommendations in the management plan for the property;

5. Requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2009, three printed and electronic copies of the final management plan;

6. Also requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre by 1 February 2010 a progress report on the implementation of the advisory mission recommendations and the management plan for examination by the Committee at its 34th session in 2010.

Decision Adopted: 32 COM 8D

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-08/32.COM/8D,

2. Recalling Decisions 30 COM 11A.2 and 31 COM 11A.2, adopted at its 30th (Vilnius, 2006) and 31st (Christchurch, 2007) sessions respectively,

3. Recalls that, as decided at its 31st session (Christchurch, 2007) by Decision 31 COM 11A.2, the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies will not be able to examine proposals for minor or significant modifications to boundaries of World Heritage properties whenever the delimitation of such properties as inscribed is unclear;

4. Congratulates States Parties in the European Region and the States Parties of Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia on the excellent work accomplished in the clarification of the delimitation of their World Heritage properties and thanks them for their efforts to improve the credibility of the World Heritage List,

5. Takes note of the clarifications of property boundaries and sizes provided by the following States Parties in the European and Arab Regions in response to the Retrospective Inventory, as presented in the Annex of Document WHC-08/32.COM/8D:

6. Requests the European and Arab States Parties which have not yet answered the questions raised in 2005, 2006 and 2007 within the framework of the Retrospective Inventory to provide all requested clarifications and documentation as soon as possible and by 1 December 2008 at the latest.