Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin
Factors affecting the property in 2001*
- Effects arising from use of transportation infrastructure
- Ground transport infrastructure
- Other Threats:
Impact of the Havel waterway improvement project on the cultural landscape
Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports
- Urban pressure (issue resolved)
- Current traffic planning (issue resolved)
- Need to review the legal protection of the site (issue resolved)
International Assistance: requests for the property until 2001
Total amount approved : 0 USD
Missions to the property until 2001**
1993: World Heritage Centre / ICOMOS joint mission
Information presented to the Bureau of the World Heritage Committee in 2001
Twenty-fourth session of the Committee (paragraph VIII.37; Annex X page 127).
Main issues: Impact of urban development and infra-structural works on cultural landscape of Potsdam.
New information: To date the information on the Havel project (German Unity project 17) requested by the twenty-fourth extraordinary session of the Bureau has not been received.
The Bureau may wish to examine information that may be available at the time of its session and take the appropriate decision thereupon.
Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2001
The Bureau had requested the German authorities to collaborate with ICOMOS in the assessment of the project and to submit a report for examination by the twenty-fifth extraordinary session of the Bureau. The German Permanent Delegation informed the Secretariat that a report would be sent in time for the session. Via the German National Committee of ICOMOS a report was prepared by Stiftung Preussischer Schlösser und Gärten Berlin-Brandenburg which calls attention to the threat the Havel waterway improvement project will cause to the buildings located at the Havel waterfront. Notably, the Heilandskirche in Sacrow and the Maschinenhaus Park Babelsberg could be adversely affected by the project.
Summary of the interventions
Decisions adopted by the Committee in 2001
25 BUR V.258
Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin (Germany)
V.258 No information was made available to the Bureau for further examination of the impact of the Havel waterway improvement project on the cultural landscape of Potsdam. Therefore, the Bureau requested the German authorities to collaborate with ICOMOS in the assessment of the impact of the Havel project and requested the German authorities to submit a report by 15 September 2001 for examination by the Bureau at its twenty-fifth extraordinary session.
The Bureau may wish to examine information that may be provided by ICOMOS at the time of its session and take the appropriate decision thereupon.
Documents examined by the Committee25COM (2001)
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.