Decision : 37 COM 7B.94
Churches of Chiloé (Chile) (C 971)

The World Heritage Committee,

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

2.  Takes note of the comprehensive information submitted by the State Party but regrets that the information was submitted almost a year after having been requested;

3.  Also regrets that the shopping mall was constructed, given its impact on the setting and skyline of Castro;

4.  Requests the State Party to invite, as soon as possible, a joint World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS reactive monitoring mission to address the following elements:

a)  The definition of the characteristics of the wider setting for all component parts, in relation to the Outstanding Universal Value of the property, and put in place appropriate protection, including the review of the buffer zones and regulatory measures for the protection of the setting of the Churches of Chiloe,

b)  The review of the current protection and management arrangements for the property and the required measures to improve the legal framework and permit granting processes between types of preservation and institutional competences,

c)  The update and enforcement of legislative and regulatory measures to ensure that the defined characteristics of the wider setting are adequately protected and that new development takes into account the visual relations between the inscribed property and its setting,

d)  The measures to mitigate the visual impact of the Castro shopping mall on the component part as well as other measures  to better integrate it with the existing setting;

5.  Also requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2014 , 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 38th session in 2014. 

 Decisions Report
Context of Decision
Themes: Conservation, Outstanding Universal Value
States Parties: Chile
Properties: Churches of Chiloé
Year: 2013
Decision Code: 37 COM 7B.94