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Historic Quarter of the City of Colonia del Sacramento

Uruguay
Factors affecting the property in 2003*
  • Major visitor accommodation and associated infrastructure
  • Management systems/ management plan
International Assistance: requests for the property until 2003
Requests approved: 1 (from 1994-1994)
Total amount approved : 5,000 USD
Missions to the property until 2003**

April 2002: ICOMOS reactive monitoring mission 

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2003

An ICOMOS reactive monitoring mission was undertaken in April 2002 to assess a project for a hotel and casino in the harbour area of Colonia. The report of the mission includes recommendations and guidelines for the further development and revision of the project, specifically regarding the need to maintain the internal patio-structure of the building block and some original buildings and walls, as well as to avoid a uniform height of the buildings. The report also emphasizes the need to proceed with the preparation of a master and management plan for the World Heritage site in the context of an urban development plan for the city of Colonia that, among other things, should guarantee the permanence of residential functions and the adequate management of tourism. The National Commission for Cultural Heritage of Uruguay, by letter dated 24 March 2003, informed the Secretariat that it had taken the initiative to establish a joint working group between the Commission, the Honorary Council for the Conservation of Colonia del Sacramento and the Municipality of Colonia to start the preparation of a Management Plan (Resolution 47/2002, December 2002). It also informed that it had studied the report of the ICOMOS mission at its session in February 2003 and that it fully agreed with its recommendations. The Commission informed that it would submit revised plans for the hotel-casino project for review by the ICOMOS expert. 

Decisions adopted by the Committee in 2003
27 COM 7B.101
Historic Quarter of the City of Colonia del Sacramento (Uruguay)

The World Heritage Committee [62],

1. Takes note of the recommendations of the ICOMOS mission and the response submitted by the State Party;

2. Invites the State Party to proceed with the revision of the hotel-casino project in accordance with the recommendations of the ICOMOS expert mission and to further consult the World Heritage Committee and ICOMOS on this matter;

3. Encourages the State Party to urgently initiate the preparation of a master and management plan for the area inscribed on the World Heritage List with the participation of all relevant institutions as well as with the involvement of local community organisations;

4. Requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre by 1 February 2004 a report on the implementation of the above recommendations in order that the World Heritage Committee can examine the state of conservation of the property at its 28th session in 2004.

[62]  Decision adopted without discussion.

Draft Decision: 27 COM 7 (b) 101

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Takes note of the recommendations of the ICOMOS mission and the response submitted by the State Party,

2. Invites the State Party to proceed with the revision of the hotel-casino project in accordance with the recommendations of the ICOMOS expert mission and to further consult the World Heritage Committee and ICOMOS on this matter,

3. Encourages the State Party to urgently initiate the preparation of a master and management plan for the area inscribed on the World Heritage List with the participation of all relevant institutions as well as with the involvement of local community organizations,

4. Requests the State Party to submit to the Centre a report on the implementation of the above recommendations, by 1 February 2004, for review at its 28th session

Report year: 2003
Uruguay
Date of Inscription: 1995
Category: Cultural
Criteria: (iv)
Documents examined by the Committee
arrow_circle_right 27COM (2003)
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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