1.         Taos Pueblo (United States of America) (C 492rev)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1992

Criteria  (iv)

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/492/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0
Total amount approved: USD 0
For details, see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/492/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds

N/A

Previous monitoring missions

N/A

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Proposed extension of the Taos Airport

Illustrative material  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/492/

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 1994

The Committee at its seventeenth session expressed concerns about the threats to the site of Pueblo de Taos and the local traditions, particularly through the proposed extension of the Taos Airport.

The Delegate of the United States of America informed the Bureau at its eighteenth session that the National Park Service had close and continuous consultations with Pueblo's Governing Council, attorneys representing Pueblo interests and with the responsible federal agency (Federal Aviation Administration) in order to evaluate the effects of the airport extension on the historic structures. Since than, the Secretariat has been informed that the National Park Service has been given the status of cooperating agency in the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and that the Federal Aviation Administration is promoting further dialogue between the Town of Taos and the Taos Pueblo to explore constructive alternatives that would be mutually beneficial.

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

The Committee may wish to reiterate its concerns about the airport extension plans, and invite the authorities of the United States of America to pay particular attention to the World Heritage values and living traditions of Pueblo de Taos when preparing the Environmental Impact Statement, and to report on this to the Committee at its nineteenth session.

Decision Adopted: 18 COM IX

Pueblo de Taos (United States of America)

The Committee was informed by the Delegate of the United States on the actions taken by the Taos Pueblo and the US National Park Service to ensure the conservation and the integrity of the site and that an. Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will be undertaken by the Federal Aviation Administration. The Committee reiterated its concerns about the airport extension plans and invited the authorities of the United States of America to pay particular attention to the World Heritage values and living traditions of Pueblo de Taos when preparing the Environmental Impact statement, and to report on this to the Committee at its nineteenth session.

 

Decision Adopted: 18 BUR VI.B

The Delegate of the United States of America recalled that the Committee at its seventeenth session expressed its concern about plans for the extension of the Taos Airport, as this would pose a potential threat to this World Heritage site.

The Delegate informed the Bureau that the National Park Service has been in close and continuous consultations with Pueblo's Governing Council, attorneys representing the Pueblo interests and with the responsible federal agency, (Federal Aviation Administration), and that it is of the opinion that full consultation and assessment procedures to evaluate effects on historic structures, as required by Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, apply to this case. The National Park Service has requested the status of a cooperating agency in the environmental impact assessment. This request is pending a decision. The National Park Service believes that this airport project may have significant effects of noise and vibrations on the historic, archaeological and architectural features of Pueblo, and that the traditional living culture of the Pueblo may also be impacted by the increased air traffic and associated transportation and community development projects.

The Delegate informed the Bureau that the United States of America will provide a more complete report to the next Committee meeting.