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Historical Centre of the City of Arequipa

Peru
Factors affecting the property in 2005*
  • Deliberate destruction of heritage
  • Earthquake
  • Flooding
Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports

Frequent seismic activity in the region, plus flooding during the rainy season.

International Assistance: requests for the property until 2005
Requests approved: 1 (from 2001-2001)
Total amount approved : 75,000 USD
Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2005

On 18 January 2005, the State Party submitted to the World Heritage Centre an outline programme for Emergencies and Disaster Reduction, as requested by the World Heritage Committee at its 28th session.  The document includes a brief description of the objectives of the plan for whose implementation four general programmes have been developed, including Environmental Norms, Disaster Prevention, Environmental Management and Cultural Heritage Recuperation.  The outline programme was developed by the National Institute of Culture (INC), the Municipal Government of Arequipa, the Historic Centre Municipal Office and the Historic Centre Technical Office, with the cooperation of the Spanish Agency for International Co-operation (AECI).

The four programmes cover a wide range of activities, from heritage restoration, urban development, environmental policies, services evaluation, to monitoring.  Most of these projects are at a planning stage.  The Technical Office for the Historic Centre also sent a Revitalization Plan, including actions and progress made in 2004 in the conservation and restoration of the Historic Centre.  Furthermore, information was received from professionals and people working in the tourism sector concerning a project for the demolition of the old Tower of the San Agustín Church with plans for building a new one.  While different proposals have been developed, no proposal related to the works has been received by the World Heritage Centre.

At its 28th session (Suzhou, 2004), the Committee also requested the State Party to provide information concerning the demolition of historic houses through Resolution 073-2003-INCDA; however, no information about this matter was received.

Decisions adopted by the Committee in 2005
29 COM 7B.97
Historical Centre of the City of Arequipa (Peru)

The World Heritage Committee,

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

2. Recalling its Decision 28 COM 15B.121, adopted at its 28th session (Suzhou, 2004),

3. Takes note of the finalization of the outline programme for Emergencies and Disaster Reduction, and regrets that no information was provided on the demolition of the immovable heritage in 2003 in the Historic Centre of Arequipa, as requested at its 28th session,

4. Encourages the State Party of Peru to implement the Emergencies and Disaster Reduction Plan at the soonest;

5. Requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre by 1 February 2006 detailed information on the interventions foreseen for the San Agustín Church and Tower, for examination by the Committee at its 30th session (Vilnius, 2006).

Draft Decision:  29 COM 7B.97

The World Heritage Committee,

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

2.  Recalling its Decision 28 COM 15B.121, adopted at its ,(Suzhou, 2004),

3.  Taking note of the finalization of the outline programme for Emergencies and Disaster Reduction, and regretting that no information was provided on the demolition of the immovable heritage in 2003 in the Historic Centre of Arequipa, by Resolution 073-2003-INCDA, as requested at its 28th session,

4.  Encourages the States Party to implement the Emergencies and Disaster Reduction Plan at the soonest;

5.  Requests the States Party to send detailed information to the World Heritage Centre concerning the interventions foreseen for the San Agustín Church and Tower by 1 February 2006, for examination by the Committee at its 30th session in 2006.

Report year: 2005
Peru
Date of Inscription: 2000
Category: Cultural
Criteria: (i)(iv)
Documents examined by the Committee
arrow_circle_right 29COM (2005)
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* : 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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