Decision : 37 COM 7B.78
Portovenere, Cinque Terre and the Islands (Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto) (Italy) (C 826)

The World Heritage Committee,

1.  Having examined Document WHC-13/37.COM/7B,

2.  Recalling Decision 36 COM 7B.77 adopted at its 36th session (Saint-Petersburg, 2012),

3.  Takes note of the emergency response provided by the State Party and commends the authorities for the steps undertaken for the safeguarding of the property;

4.  Notes that a joint World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS advisory mission to the property, invited by the State Party, took place in October 2012;

5.  Requests the State Party to implement the recommendations of the mission and more particularly:

a)  Review the management system for the entire property, involving all the stakeholders, including local communities and focusing on the necessity to face the increasing socio-economic pressure, with a living landscape approach that recognizes and promotes the knowledge of traditional land uses in the property,

b)  Revise the Management Plan and incorporate within it a sustainable tourism strategy for the property, and an integrated risk management strategy,

c)  Define a buffer zone for the appropriate protection of the wider landscape and officially submit the proposal to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2015 , in accordance with Paragraphs 163-165 of the Operational Guidelines ;

6.  Also requests the State Party to carry out Heritage Impact Assessment studies on the major recuperation and improvement projects in the property, including the construction of the tunnel and the project to upgrade the public spaces in the Municipality of Vernazza, and to submit these with details of the plans to the World Heritage Centre, for review by the Advisory Bodies, before any irreversible commitments are made, in accordance with Paragraph 172 of the Operational Guidelines ;

7.  Further requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2015, an updated report on the state of conservation of the property and the implementation of the above.

Themes: Conservation, Reports, Operational Guidelines
States Parties: Italy
Year: 2013
Decision Code: 37 COM 7B.78