1.         Historic Town of Ouro Preto (Brazil) (C 124)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1980

Criteria  (i)(iii)

Year(s) of inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger  N/A

Previous Committee Decisions  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/124/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0 (from 1991-1999)
Total amount approved: USD 99,009
For details, see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/124/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds


Previous monitoring missions


Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Urban Pressure; Lack of management mechanism (including legislation), Lack of monitoring system, Lack of human or financial resources; Fire.

Illustrative material  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/124/

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2004

The Secretariat received a progress report from the Instituto do Patrimônio Historico e Artistico Nacional (IPHAN) on 3 February 2004 with information on the property's preserved area and description of the perimeter.


The report described in detail delimitations of a Preserved Central Zone, which coincides with the Special Protection Zone as defined in the 1996 Master Plan for Ouro Preto, and Transition and Buffer Zones. The Preserved Central Zone is being monitored by the Instituto do Patrimônio Historico e Artistico Nacional (IPHAN), which has established Guidelines on Urban and Architectonic Intervention in the Special Protection Zone. IPHAN further expressed the need for monitoring in the Transition and Buffer Zones as well. However, no particular mention is made of risk preparedness measures being considered in the revision of the Master Plan.


The report further included a letter from the Public Works Secretary of the City of Ouro Preto to the Instituto do Patrimônio Historico e Artistico Nacional (IPHAN), dated 25 November 2003, indicating that Ouro Preto has an approved Master Plan in force since 1996, which is in the process of review and upgrading to match it with the City Statute Law N° 10257, 10 July 2001, with a deadline of February 2004. Since May 2003 a participatory process is under execution involving regional workshops and information meetings, either to discuss the referred plan or to vote on proposals and modifications prepared by a consultants team.


ICOMOS has studied the response of the State Party to the World Heritage Committee's decision at its 27th session in 2003 to define a core and buffer zone of the inscribed World Heritage property and concludes that the definitions in the report perfectly match the request of the Committee.


ICOMOS considered that the Special Protection Zone (Zona de Protección Especial, ZPE-1) of the Master Plan, prepared in 1996 and under revision, could correspond to the delimitation of the area inscribed as World Heritage; the buffer zone is also adequate, as it covers a protection zone around the historic centre of Ouro Preto. However, ICOMOS considers that the archaeological zone of Ouro Preto, which contains important remnants of the origins of the town, would merit a better protection.


The next phase after delimitation would consist of a finalization of the revision of the Master Plan and to have it approved and implemented by all the authorities concerned with the historic central area and its buffer zone.

Analysis and Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre, ICOMOS and ICCROM


Decision Adopted: 28 COM 15B.110

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Taking note of the report transmitted by the State Party containing information on the delimitation and description of Core and Buffer Zones to be included in a revised version of the 1996 Master Plan for Ouro Preto (Decision 27 COM 7B.87),

2. Requests the State Party to keep the Committee informed on the finalization, approval and implementation of the revised Master Plan.