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Archaeological Site of Delphi

Factors affecting the property in 1993*
  • Human resources
  • Impacts of tourism / visitor / recreation
  • Localised utilities
  • Other Threats:

    Need to strengthen the protection of the site

Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports

Impacts of tourism; Lack of human resources to ensure the protection of the site

International Assistance: requests for the property until 1993
Requests approved: 1 (from 1990-1990)
Total amount approved : 50,000 USD
Missions to the property until 1993**
Information presented to the Bureau of the World Heritage Committee in 1993

The Committee at its last session was informed by the Greek Observer of the protective measures taken, as well as the restoration activities implemented, in connection with the one-hundredth anniversary of the excavation works of the Ecole Française d'Athènes which was celebrated in 1992. Since the conclusion of the sixteenth session of the Committee, the Centre learnt of the possibility of the construction of an olive-packing unit within this World Heritage site. The Centre requested the Greek authorities, by letter dated 12 March 1993, for information on the proposal to install an olive-packing unit in this site. The Greek authorities (in their letter of 25 April 1993) informed the Centre that permission to construct the olive-packing unit will not be granted until all prerequisite conditions are satisfied. The Greek authorities will inform the Centre of the final decision in this regard.

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 1993

Following the sixteenth session of the Committee, the Centre learnt that the construction of an olive-packing unit was foreseen at this World Heritage site and, by letter of 12 March 1993, requested the Greek authorities for information about this project. By letter of 25 April 1993 the Greek authorities informed the Centre that building permission would not be granted until the prerequisite conditions for its protection had been fulfilled and that they would inform the Centre of the final decision concerning this project.

At its seventeenth session in June 1993, the Bureau took note of these assurances as well as those formulated by the Greek Observer, and the Secretariat was requested to collect complementary information on the protective measures taken, and the progress of the project. The Centre transmitted this request to the Greek authorities by letter of 3 August 1993 and will inform the Committee in the event that they receive a reply from the authorities concerned before its seventeenth session.


Decisions adopted by the Committee in 1993
Delphi (Greece)

The Bureau learned of the possible threat to this site through the construction of an olive-packing unit. A formal request for additional information has been forwarded to the Greek authorities who replied that permission would not begranted until all prerequisite conditions had been satisfied. The Greek Observer confirmed that the Greek authorities had already been alerted and assured the Bureau that the Committee will be informed on all further decisions taken by them. ICOMOS expressed concern about the construction of the plant that could have a negative impact.

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SOC: Delphi (Greece)

Delphi (Greece)

In response to recommendations made by the Bureau in June 1993, the Greek authorities informed that no permission had been granted for the construction of an olive packing unit within the protection Zone A.

No draft Decision

Report year: 1993
Date of Inscription: 1987
Category: Cultural
Criteria: (i)(ii)(iii)(iv)(vi)

* : 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.