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Giant's Causeway and Causeway Coast

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Factors affecting the property in 2005*
  • Interpretative and visitation facilities
  • Management systems/ management plan
Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports

Visitor centre developments; Lack of a Management Plan and management system.

International Assistance: requests for the property until 2005
Requests approved: 0
Total amount approved : 0 USD
Missions to the property until 2005**

UNESCO/IUCN mission 16 to 19 February 2003

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2005

On 4 February 2005 the State Party provided as a follow-up to the 2003 mission, a copy of the final Draft of the Management Plan.  The Management Plan commissioned by the Environment and Heritage Service of the Department of the Environment forms a part of the Ministerial initiative announced in April 2003 by Northern Ireland Office Ministers.  The two other parts of the initiative are: a Tourism Master plan for the Causeway Coast and Glens area (published in April 2004), and an international competition for the design of a replacement visitor centre (to be launched in 2005).

The State Party reports that the Management Plan does not include planning policies for either the World Heritage property itself or for its wider setting.  These policies will be contained within the Department of the Environment’s Draft Northern Area Plan, to be published in 2005, and will be subject to public consultation and, in all probability, public inquiry through a separate process.  The formal recognition of the setting through this statutory process will replace the interim 4km zone in which all proposals for development are carefully scrutinised by the Department’s Planning Service and its advisers.

Redevelopment of the visitor centre has not yet taken place and it is planned to hold an architectural competition for the design.  The State Party proposes a new structure to ensure that the property is managed in a unified manner and that the Management Plan is implemented effectively.  The resources to implement the Management Plan will have to come from a variety of sources.  A partnership approach is suggested to realise its speedy and full implementation. 

Detailed consultations with a wide range of stakeholders meant that the time needed to prepare the Management Plan had taken longer than expected.  However, IUCN noted that the plan conformed to the recommendations of the World Heritage Centre/IUCN mission of February 2003, and addresses the conservation requirements of the property and the needs of the visitor, both in terms of access and information.  The plan further establishes a vision for the property and five underlying principles that serve to guide its protection, management and enjoyment.  It thus provides an important context for the proposed new visitor centre.  The Management Plan provides a sound basis for the future management of the World Heritage property, and will serve as the foundation for a more effective and cohesive approach through involving and respecting the individual roles and responsibilities of the various stakeholders.

Decisions adopted by the Committee in 2005
29 COM 7B.27
Giant's Causeway and Causeway Coast (United Kingdom)

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-05/29.COM/7B.Rev,

2. Recalling its Decision 27 COM 7B.21 adopted at its 27th session (UNESCO, 2003),

3. Commends the State Party of the United Kingdom for the progress made in finalizing the management plan and for the initial steps taken in its implementation;

4. Expresses satisfaction that the key issues raised in the joint World Heritage Centre/IUCN mission of 2003 have been addressed as well as other conservation needs of the property;

5. Calls upon the State Party to expedite efforts to finalize the redevelopment of the visitor centre and report to the World Heritage Centre on progress made.

Draft Decision: 29 COM 7B.27

The World Heritage Committee,

1.  Having examined Document WHC-05/29.COM/7B.Rev,

2.  Recalling its Decision 27 COM 7B.21adopted at its 27th session  (UNESCO, 2003),

3.  Commends the State Party for the progress made in finalizing the Management Plan and for the initial steps taken in its implementation;

4.  Expresses satisfaction that the key issues raised in the joint World Heritage Centre/IUCN mission of 2003 have been addressed as well as other conservation needs of the property;

5.  Calls upon the State Party to expedite efforts to finalize the redevelopment of the visitor centre and report to the World Heritage Centre on progress made.

Report year: 2005
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Date of Inscription: 1986
Category: Natural
Criteria: (vii)(viii)
Documents examined by the Committee
arrow_circle_right 29COM (2005)
Exports

* : 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”).

** : All mission reports are not always available electronically.


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