With its earthen constructions unique to the Caribbean, the town of Coro, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), is the only surviving example of a rich fusion of local traditions with Spanish Mudéjar and Dutch architectural techniques. One of the first colonial towns (founded in 1527), it has some 602 historic buildings. Coro and its Port were inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1993.
Due to the unusual rains and subsequent damage to the city of Coro and its Port, La Vela, in late 2004 and early 2005, the property was inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger in 2005. An action plan was developed for Coro and its Port, and a national monitoring committee was established. The national monitoring committee requested an expert assessment. Under the framework of the France-UNESCO Cooperation Agreement, technical assistance was provided to the Venezuelan authorities to assist in the preparation of management mechanisms and to set up institutional structures to ensure conservation and monitoring of the property.