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Mont-Saint-Michel and its Bay

France
Factors affecting the property in 1997*
  • Erosion and siltation/ deposition
  • Management systems/ management plan
Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports
  • Siltation of the Bay
  • Re-definion of the limits of the inscribed area needed
International Assistance: requests for the property until 1997
Requests approved: 0
Total amount approved : 0 USD
Missions to the property until 1997**
Information presented to the Bureau of the World Heritage Committee in 1997
The UNESCO National Commission for France submitted a report to the Secretariat, prepared by the Ministry of Equipment, on a programme for the rehabilitation of the maritime character of the Mont-Saint-Michel. The programme foresees a master plan for the area and the replacement of the dike by a bridge, as well as the relocation of the visitors' car park. The Bureau took note of the report and commended the French authorities on this programme of rehabilitation which will greatly improve the integrity of the World Heritage site.
Action Required
It requested the State Party to keep the Committee informed on the progress made in the implementation of this project.
Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 1997

The Secretariat has received a report from the National Commission of France, prepared by the Ministry of Equipment, concerning a programme for the rehabilitation of the maritime character of Mont-Saint-Michel. The 7-year programme foresees among others the replacement of the dike over a thousand meters, with a bridge, the relocation of the visitor's parking lot two kilometres away from the Mont, and an improved system of public transportation. These actions are foreseen in the context of a master plan for the Mont-Saint-Michel Bay area. The research and procedural studies will take 3-4 years and the works are expected to take a further 3-4 years.

Decisions adopted by the Committee in 1997
21 COM VII.C.55
Reports on the state of conservation of cultural properties noted by the Committee

VII.55 The Committee noted the decisions of the twenty-first extraordinary session of the Bureau on the following cultural properties as reflected in the report of the Bureau session, Working Documents WHC-97/CONF.208/4B Section III.C.c):

Joya de Ceren Archaeological Site (El Salvador)

Le Canal du Midi (France)

Mont-Saint-Michel and its Bay (France)

Ashanti Traditional Buildings (Ghana)

Maya Site of Copan (Honduras)

Agra Fort, Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri (India)

Quseir Amra (Jordan)

Town of Luang Prabang (Lao People's Democratic Republic)

Pre-Hispanic City of Teotihuacan (Mexico)

Ilha de Mozambique (Mozambique)

Moenjodaro (Pakistan)

Baroque Churches of the Philippines (Philippines)

Old Town of Segovia and its Aqueduct (Spain)

Cultural World Heritage sites in Sri Lanka

Ancient City of Damascus (Syrian Arab Republic)

Historic Areas of Istanbul (Turkey)

Itchan Kala, Historic Centre of Bukhara (Uzbekistan)

Shibam and Zabid (Yemen).

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

"The Bureau takes note of the report and commends the French authorities on this programme of rehabilitation which will greatly improve the integrity of the World Heritage site. It requests the State Party to keep the Committee informed on the progress made in the implementation of this project."

Report year: 1997
France
Date of Inscription: 1979
Category: Cultural
Criteria: (i)(iii)(vi)
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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