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City of Potosí

Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
Factors affecting the property in 1996*
  • Human resources
  • Management activities
  • Mining
  • Surface water pollution
Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports
  • Need for the sanitation of the  La Ribera river
  • Lack of human resources
  • Need for an assitance for the conservation of the mural paintings
International Assistance: requests for the property until 1996
Requests approved: 3 (from 1988-1994)
Total amount approved : 27,500 USD
Missions to the property until 1996**

May 1995: UNESCO expert mission

Information presented to the Bureau of the World Heritage Committee in 1996

The World Heritage Committee at its nineteenth session requested the Bolivian Government to be informed of the measures taken for the preservation and management of the Cerro Rico mountain. The Secretary for Culture of Bolivia informed the Secretariat by letter dated 16 February 1996 that it shares the concerns about the potential degradation of the Cerro Rico and that it is collaborating with the regional authorities in the preparation of an ordinance for the use of the Cerro Rico.

Action Required

The Bureau was pleased to note that the Secretary for Culture of Bolivia shares the concerns about the potential degradation of the Cerro Rico and that it is collaborating with the regional authorities in the preparation of an ordinance for the use of the Cerro Rico. It requested the Secretary for Culture to keep the Committee informed on the progress made in this respect.

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 1996

The Bureau at its twentieth session in June 1996, requested the Bolivian Secretary for Culture to keep the Committee informed on the progress made in the preparation of an ordinance for the use of the Cerro Rico mountain which forms an integral part of the World Heritage site.

The Secretariat received, through the UNESCO Representative in Bolivia, the terms of reference for the future exploitation of the Cerro Rico that were prepared by the Bolivian Mining Corporation. One of the stated objectives for future actions is to 'conserve the form and topography as well as the natural environment of the Cerro Rico’.

Analysis and Conclusion by World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies in 1996

The Bureau may wish to adopt the following text and transmit it to the Committee for noting:

The Bureau notes with satisfaction that the Bolivian Mining Corporation has included the preservation of the form, the topography and the natural environment of the Cerro Rico as one of the objectives for future exploitation of the Cerro Rico mountain. The Bureau commends the Bolivian authorities for this action and requests them to keep the Committee informed on further developments in this respect.

Decisions adopted by the Committee in 1996
20 BUR IV.7
City of Potosi (Bolivia)

The Bureau was pleased to note that the Secretary for Culture of Bolivia shares the concerns about the potential degradation of the Cerro Rico and that it is collaborating with the regional authorities in the preparation of an ordinance for the use of the Cerro Rico. It requested the Secretary for Culture to keep the Committee informed on the progress made in this respect.

20 COM VII.D.60/61
SOC noted by Committee: City of Potosi (Bolivia)

VII.60 City of Potosi (Bolivia)

The Bureau at its twentieth extraordinary session noted with satisfaction that, in response to a request from the Committee at its nineteenth session and the Bureau at its twentieth session, the Bolivian Mining Corporation had included the preservation of the form, the topography and the natural environment of the Cerro Rico as one of the objectives for future exploitation of the Cerro Rico mountain. The Bureau commended the Bolivian authorities for this action and requested them to keep the Committee informed on further developments in this respect.

Report year: 1996
Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
Date of Inscription: 1987
Category: Cultural
Criteria: (ii)(iv)(vi)
Danger List (dates): 2014-present
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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