State of Conservation (SOC)
Acropolis, Athens (2002)
UNESCO Extra-Budgetary Funds
International Assistance granted to the property
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Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports
Proposal for a 32m-high building in the vicinity of the Acropolis
Current conservation issues
The Secretariat received new information concerning the project for the construction of a 32m-high building indicating that the Licence No 743/2001 which was issued on 25 May 2001 by the Urban Planning Department of the Municipality of Athens - which is under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of the Environment Urban Planning and Public Works – is definite. This information was transmitted to the authorities for review and to ICOMOS for comments. At the time of the preparation of this document, no reply from the State Party has been received.
Analysis and Conclusion
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The World Heritage Committee,
1. Notes the information provided concerning the construction project located outside the site, outside the buffer zone and outside of the historic centre of Athens;
2. Requests the State Party to give urgent consideration to a redefinition of the buffer zone in order to better protect the visual setting of the monument;
3. Requests the State Party to undertake a visual impact study, notably concerning the site of the Acropolis;
4. Further requests the State Party to provide information on any development projects which have an impact on the visual integrity of the World Heritage site;5. Invites the State Party to provide by 1 February 2003, a report on these matters for examination by its 27th session in June/July 2003.
The Committee may wish to examine information that may be available at the time of its session and take the appropriate decision thereupon.
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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”).