1.         Port, Fortresses and Group of Monuments, Cartagena (Colombia) (C 285)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1984

Criteria  (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/285/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0 (from 1988-1999)
Total amount approved: USD 108,800
For details, see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/285/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds


Previous monitoring missions

2003: ICOMOS reactive monitoring mission; 2006: joint World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS reactive monitoring mission.

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Illustrative material  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/285/

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2014

In response to the requests made by the World Heritage Committee at its 35th session (Decision 36 COM 7B.98), the State Party submitted a state of conservation report, which is available at https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/285/documents. It encompasses the completion and implementation of the Special Protection and Management Plan for the property, as well as progress in the elaboration of the Conservation Action Plan for the components of the serial property, and the demarcation of its boundaries.

The State Party submitted the proposal for revised boundaries for the property for review by the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies in the context of the retrospective inventory exercise. Approval for the proposal is still pending. With regard to the Conservation Action Plan, in 2012 the Ministry of Culture delegated the administration and protection of the fortifications of Cartagena to the Workshop School of Cartagena (Escuela Taller de Cartagena) through a Loan for Use Agreement (commodatum). The agreement requires the Workshop School to submit annual reports to the Ministry of Culture on the activities of maintenance and conservation undertaken in the fortifications.

Documentation was submitted on technical studies undertaken for the preservation of San José and San Fernando Fortresses within the framework of proposed development projects for the expansion of Bocachica Canal, planned to provide access to large vessels to the Bay of Cartagena. It is imperative that those refereed studies be concluded to ensure that proper conservation measures are imposed to restrict any potential impacts on the integrity and authenticity of the fortresses by the increase in marine traffic.

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

The State Party has made some progress in the strengthening of conservation measures and overall protection for this serial property. No further reporting to the World Heritage Committee is currently required. Nevertheless, further continuing cooperation will be necessary with the State Party in the monitoring of the state of conservation of the property, to ensure the implementation of the Special Protection and Management Plan, the conservation action plan for all the components of the property and the close scrutiny of the current project for the expansion of the Bocachica Canal.

Decision Adopted: 38 COM 7B.98

The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Having examined Document WHC-14/38.COM/7B.Add,
  2. Takes note with satisfaction of the measures taken by the States Parties concerned to address its previous requests to mitigate the threats on the Outstanding Universal Value of the following World Heritage properties:
  1. Encourages the States Parties concerned to pursue their efforts to ensure the conservation of World Heritage properties;
  2.  Reminds the States Parties concerned to inform the World Heritage Centre in due course about any major development project that may negatively impact the Outstanding Universal Value of a property, before any irreversible decisions are made, in line with Paragraph 172 of the Operational Guidelines.