1.         Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis: San Ignacio Mini, Santa Ana, Nuestra Señora de Loreto and Santa Maria Mayor (Argentina), Ruins of Sao Miguel das Missoes (Brazil) (Argentina,Brazil) (C 275bis)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1983

Criteria  (iv)

Year(s) of inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger  N/A

Previous Committee Decisions  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/275/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0 (from 1988-2003)
Total amount approved: USD 50,000
For details, see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/275/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds


Previous monitoring missions

October 2002: interdisciplinary expert team visit to the Jesuit Missions of the Guaranies in Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil 

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Illustrative material  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/275/

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2003

Upon the invitation of the World Monuments Fund (WMF), an interdisciplinary expert team visited the Jesuit Missions of the Guaranies in Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil from 16 to 26 October 2002. The UNESCO Regional Adviser for World Heritage participated in the mission. The mission's objective was to analyse the present state of conservation of the Jesuit Missions, their management and their potential for cultural tourism development and to make recommendations for future action. An important conclusion of the mission was that the ensemble of the original thirty missions is fragmented in terms of interpretation, criteria for interventions and conservation and management. The fact that seven of these missions located in three different countries appear on the World Heritage List does not seem to have had a major impact on decision-making at the local, national or regional level. There is no systematic institutional or professional co-operation between the countries.

In response to these issue, the expert team proposed a three-year capacity building programme for the ensemble of the Jesuit Missions. The programme will strengthen the institutional and technical/professional capacities in the countries concerned, including Uruguay, for the integral conservation, management and sustainable development of the missions. The first activity of the programme will be a training-workshop for those responsible for the conservation and management of the sites. This one-week workshop will be held in the mission of Sao Miguel, Brazil, in the second half of 2003. Brazil has submitted a training request under the World Heritage Fund and additional contributions have been requested under the Netherlands Funds-in-Trust and the World Monuments Fund. 

Analysis and Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre, ICOMOS and ICCROM


Decision Adopted: 27 COM 7B.84

The World Heritage Committee [50],

1. Takes note of and welcomes the initiative to implement a sub-regional capacity- building programme for the conservation, management and sustainable development of the Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis (2003to 2005);

2. Welcomes the co-operation established to this effect between UNESCO and the World Monuments Fund;

3. Requests the World Heritage Centre to provide information on the implementation and results of the programme

[50]  Decision adopted without discussion.