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Hanseatic City of Lübeck

Factors affecting the property in 2002*
  • Commercial development
Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports
  • Demolition of certain monuments situated in the protected zone (issue resolved)
  • Shopping centre and office building construction project at the market place in the centre of Lübeck
International Assistance: requests for the property until 2002
Requests approved: 0
Total amount approved : 0 USD
Missions to the property until 2002**
Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2002

The Bureau, at its 26th session, requested that a working group, comprising the International Scientific Committee on Historic Towns and Villages (ICHTC) of ICOMOS and local and national authorities, meet as soon as possible in Lübeck to identify appropriate solutions. The Bureau requested that the report of the working group be submitted to the 26th session of the Committee.

By letter of 27 January 2002, an association of local inhabitants “Initiative 5 for 12” (Rettet den Lübecker Markt), informed the Secretariat that following the Bureau’s recommendation a working group of experts was set up and would hold a meeting on 1 and 2 February 2002 to discuss the project. The Observer of Germany to the Committee and an ICOMOS member attended the meeting. In this regard the association calls the attention of UNESCO to the following situation: The association and its specialists were not invited to participate in this meeting. Furthermore, the five representatives of the City of Lübeck were all in favour of the project and that consequently the discussions did not allow for any critical viewpoints to be discussed. The UNESCO World Heritage Centre was not informed of this meeting in advance and at the time of the preparation of this document no report has been received.

Decisions adopted by the Committee in 2002
26 COM 21B.48
Hanseatic City of Lübeck (Germany)
The World Heritage Committee,

1. Notes the information provided by ICOMOS on the meeting held in Lübeck;

2. Requests the German authorities to provide a detailed report on the results of the meeting, including the progress of the project by 1 February 2003;

3. Further asks the authorities to provide information in a timely manner on any planned interventions within the site, in compliance with article 56 of the Operational Guidelines.

The Committee may wish to examine information that may be available at the time of its session and take the appropriate decision thereupon.

Report year: 2002
Date of Inscription: 1987
Category: Cultural
Criteria: (iv)
Documents examined by the Committee
arrow_circle_right 26COM (2002)

* : 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.