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Colonial City of Santo Domingo

Dominican Republic
Factors affecting the property in 2000*
  • Housing
  • Impacts of tourism / visitor / recreation
  • Management systems/ management plan
  • Other Threats:

    Collapse of buildings due to lack of maintenance

Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports
  • Need for the adoption of a Master Plan
  • Housing rehabilitation programme
  • Tourism development programme
  • Hurricane in 1999 (issue resolved)


International Assistance: requests for the property until 2000
Requests approved: 3 (from 1990-2000)
Total amount approved : 82,207 USD
Missions to the property until 2000**

1993: monitoring mission;  August 1998: expert mission

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2000

The Secretariat received a report, prepared by the Cultural Heritage Office of the Dominican Republic, describing the advances by the authorities during the period from 1998 to 2000 in relation to the observations and recommendations resulting from the 1998 monitoring mission to Santo Domingo.

To further the revitalisation of the Historic Centre of Santo Domingo the State Party also submitted an international assistance request for US$ 27,137, with the objective to prepare a global strategy for the management of cultural tourism in the Historic Centre. The request corresponds to the hierarchical list of objectives proposed in a report assessing the present situation of the Colonial City of Santo Domingo, elaborated by a group of consultants of the Inter-American Development Bank in collaboration with national organisations and support from Spain. 

Decisions adopted by the Committee in 2000
24 COM XIV.2
Requests for International Assistance: Technical Co-operation

XIV.2 Requests for International Assistance

The Bureau met during the twenty-fourth session of the Committee after the budget for Technical Assistance for year 2001 under Chapter III was approved, to take decisions or recommend decisions to the Committee concerning international assistance requests. The attention of the Committee and Bureau was drawn to document WHC-2000/CONF.204/17 and 6 requests for decision by the Committee and 14 requests for decision by the Bureau were examined and took the following decisions. All decisions taken by the Bureau and Committee concerning these requests are listed below:

(ii) Technical Co-operation

Natural Heritage

No. 2001 - 459 Senegal

"Fight against Salvinia molesta in the Delta of the Senegal River at Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary"

Following the recommendation of the Bureau, the Committee approved a sum of US$ 130,475 for implementing phase 1 of the 3-phased mitigation project under the following conditions:

  • the States Party pay its dues to the World Heritage Fund;
  • the State Party provide a detailed budget breakdown for the sum of US$ 85,715 foreseen as expenditures for clearing the Lake Lamentin that meets the approval of the Centre and IUCN;
  • the State Party, Centre and IUCN establish benchmarks and indicators that can determine success of first phase mitigation operations and guide planning of future steps, including any changes in phase 2 and 3 activities as currently foreseen; and
  • the State Party, Centre and IUCN develop a plan for financing activities beyond the first phase attracting resources from potential donors other than the World Heritage Fund thereby minimising the demands on the World Heritage Fund for supporting second and third phase operations.

Furthermore, the Committee decided that this sum of US$ 130,475 be allocated from the emergency assistance budget for 2001 rather than from the technical cooperation allocation for natural heritage for the year 2001.

No. 2001-461 Costa Rica

"Education and Protection in the Conservation Area of Guanacaste at the Area de Conservación Guanacaste"

Following the recommendation of the Bureau, the Committee approved US$ 40,000 for this activity for covering expenses for educational (US$ 17,600) and protection (US$ 22,400) activities as proposed by the State Party.

Cultural Heritage

No. 2001-439 Cuba

"Continuation of the Consolidation and Rehabilitation of the Ruinous Third Cloister of Santa Clara's Convent of the Old Havana and its Fortifications site"

Taking into account the previous contribution to the renovation of the building of US$ 30,000, the Committee approved a contribution of US$ 35,000 subject to the State Party paying its dues to the Fund, following the recommendation of the Bureau.

No. 2001-446 Dominican Republic

"Study on Cultural Tourism in the Historic Centre of Santo Domingo"

The Bureau approved US$ 24,207 for this activity subject to the State Party paying its dues to the Fund and requesting the State Party to bear the costs of the secretarial costs.

No draft Decision

Report year: 2000
Dominican Republic
Date of Inscription: 1990
Category: Cultural
Criteria: (ii)(iv)(vi)
Documents examined by the Committee
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* : 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.