Take advantage of the search to browse through the World Heritage Centre information.

Capacity Building
Credibility of the World Heritage ...
Inscriptions on the World Heritage ...
International Assistance
List of World Heritage in Danger
Operational Guidelines
Outstanding Universal Value
Periodic Reporting
Reinforced Monitoring
Tentative Lists
Working methods and tools
World Heritage Convention

Decision 41 COM 8B.46
Defence Line of Amsterdam (Netherlands)

The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Having examined Documents WHC/17/41.COM/8B.Add and WHC/17/41.COM/INF.8B1.Add,
  2. Does not approve the proposed minor modification to the boundaries of the Defence Line of Amsterdam, Netherlands;
  3. Recommends that the State Party, with the advice of ICOMOS and the World Heritage Centre if requested, to take the following actions to further support the protection and management of the property:
    1. Consider the implementation of a buffer zone for the World Heritage property in order to improve the protection of the property and its visual integrity, particularly for sections near industrial and residential development areas (and in particular, the Geniedijk area near the Schiphol Airport),
    2. Continuing to strengthen the legal protection and monitoring for the remaining areas inside the inscribed property,
    3. Ensuring that the protection of the World Heritage property is effectively incorporated into all existing and future zoning plans,
    4. Continuing to support communication and capacity building initiatives for local and provincial governments and stakeholders,
    5. Ensuring the use of ‘Heritage Impact Assessment’ processes for all zoning and development proposals inside and adjacent to the Defence Line of Amsterdam (particularly in relation to proposals for expansions to the Schiphol Airport and its associated facilities and surrounds),
    6. Ensuring that all major projects that could impact on the Outstanding Universal Value of the property are communicated to the World Heritage Centre in line with paragraph 172 of the Operational Guidelines,
    7. Providing updated mapping for the Fort Kijkuit component (no. 042), and an updated figure for the overall area (in hectares) of the inscribed World Heritage property,
    8. Continuing to work cooperatively with a broad range of public and private owners and stakeholders to ensure the conservation (including possibilities for adaptive reuse) of the fort structures and their settings.
Decision Code
41 COM 8B.46
Inscriptions on the World Heritage List
States Parties 1
Decisions adopted during the 41st session of the World Heritage Committee (Krakow, 2017)
Context of Decision