1.         Historic Centre of Brugge (Belgium) (C 996)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  2000

Criteria  (ii)(iv)(vi)

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/996/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0
Total amount approved: USD 0
For details, see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/996/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds


Previous monitoring missions

March 2010: World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS mission 

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Illustrative material  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/996/

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2014

On 31 January 2014, the State Party submitted a State of conservation report, which is available at https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/996/documents  It addresses the recommendations of the Committee at its 2010 and 2012 sessions concerning the erosion of attributes of the Outstanding Universal Value (OUV) as a result of development schemes and allied demolition, and of the lack of adequate governance structures.

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

The wide range of positive initiatives that have been undertaken to strengthen proactive management and enable effective protection of the property since the 2010 mission, in response to the Committee’s recommendations, are noted.

The integrated structure that is now emerging is considered a positive development, aiming to integrate the management of the property within the development of a wider urban framework while respecting the HUL strategy, all of which is based on the attributes of OUV.  However, these attributes have not yet been agreed with the World Heritage Centre and ICOMOS as part of the adoption of the retrospective Statement of OUV. This is potentially a fundamental weakness of the whole governance structure and needs to be remedied as soon as possible, perhaps through more specific on-site dialogue.

The State Party’s report does not provide details of ongoing development projects such as the new national archives repository along the Predikherenrei although details of the completed new layout for the surroundings of the Sint-Salvator’s Cathedral / Cathedral of Our Saviour have been provided. These and other projects in or near the property were discussed during an informal meeting with representatives of the World Heritage Centre and ICOMOS in Paris in 2012.

Details of the way that these projects have moved forward within the new governance structure need to be provided, particularly in relation to the way their assessment is linked to Heritage Impact Assessments.

Decision Adopted: 38 COM 7B.24

The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Having examined Document WHC-14/38.COM/7B,
  2. Recalling Decisions 34 COM 7B.79 and 36 COM 7B.72, adopted at its 34th (Brasilia, 2010) and 36th (Saint-Petersburg, 2012) sessions respectively,
  3. Commends the State Party for the wide range of positive initiatives that it has developed to strengthen the governance system of the property and embed it within a strategy for its wider urbanized hinterland, while respecting the Historic Urban Landscape approach;
  4. Notes in particular that a Management Plan, based on the draft attributes of Outstanding Universal Value (OUV), has been developed and approved;
  5. Urges the State Party to finalise the retrospective Statement of OUV, in cooperation with the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies, possibly with the help of an Advisory Mission;
  6. Also notes that no details have been provided on progress with ongoing projects such as the new national archives repository along the Predikherenrei, and also urges the State Party to provide to the World Heritage Centre the necessary information, and in particular the Heritage Impact Assessments, as soon as possible, for review by the Advisory Bodies in light of the implementation of the new governance structure.