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Pre-Hispanic City of Teotihuacan

Mexico
Factors affecting the property in 2014*
Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports

Urban development pressures in the areas surrounding the property

International Assistance: requests for the property until 2014
Requests approved: 0
Total amount approved : 0 USD
Missions to the property until 2014**

November - December 2004: World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS reactive monitoring mission

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2014

In response to the request made by the World Heritage Committee at its 36th session (Decision 36 COM 7B.101), in January 2014, the State Party submitted a state of conservation report that addresses the main issues noted by the decision and is accessible at https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/414/documents.

The State Party has carried out an exhaustive inventory that assessed the physical state of conservation of archaeological areas within the buffer zone of the property. The inventory recorded architectural structures and wall paintings and any deterioration was quantified and its cause identified. Conservation and structural works have been undertaken, along with cleaning and the introduction of measures such as drainage systems and protective shelters, to prevent damage from water, insects and vegetation. Although this does not equate to an overarching conservation strategy, the State Party reported that inter-disciplinary meetings will be held in 2014 with the aim of implementing a conservation programme over the next four years to address the general conservation needs of architecture and wall painting, and the protective drainage systems and shelters.

It was further reported that an inter-institutional committee was set up in 2013 by the National Institute of Anthropology and History and the surrounding municipalities of the property for protection of the property and the management of urban development pressures, though little information has been submitted on this issue. Federal, State and Municipal bodies have entered into an agreement to create a Tourism Corridor Ecatepec-Teotihuacan-Nopaltepec to strengthen its historic cultural character and promote its tourism potential. It was also stated that a review of the Management Plan is being prepared by the National Coordination of Archaeology.

The report provided information on the monitoring of land use and urban pressure on the buffer zone and the wider setting of the property. For this purpose, a regional diagnosis based on aerial photography has been developed to identify inconsistencies in the urban development policies of the surrounding municipalities, with the aim of updating local development plans.

Analysis and Conclusion by World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies in 2014

The current challenges facing the conservation and management of the property appear to be well understood and the recommendations made by the World Heritage Committee at its 36th session (Saint-Petersburg, 2012) are being properly addressed. It is expected that the State Party will continue to monitor the state of conservation of the property through the enhancement of guidelines for interventions and pursue its efforts towards the rationalization of the Management Plan with land use policies and local development plans.

 

Decisions adopted by the Committee in 2014
38 COM 7B.98
Omnibus Decisions

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:
  • Town of Luang Prabang (Lao People's Democratic Republic),
  • Historic Centre of Saint Petersburg and Related Groups of Monuments (Russian Federation),
  • Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison (Barbados),
  • Port, Fortresses and Group of Monuments, Cartagena (Colombia),
  • Pre-Hispanic City of Teotihuacan (Mexico),
  • Historic Quarter of the City of Colonia del Sacramento (Uruguay),
  • Royal Palaces of Abomey (Benin),
  • Rock-Hewn Churches, Lalibela (Ethiopia),
  • Aapravasi Ghat (Mauritius);
  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.

Draft Decision:  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 :
  • Town of Luang Prabang (Lao People's Democratic Republic),
  • Historic Centre of Saint Petersburg and Related Groups of Monuments (Russian Federation),
  • Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison (Barbados),
  • Port, Fortresses and Group of Monuments, Cartagena (Colombia),
  • Pre-Hispanic City of Teotihuacan (Mexico),
  • Historic Quarter of the City of Colonia del Sacramento (Uruguay),
  • Royal Palaces of Abomey (Benin),
  • Rock-Hewn Churches, Lalibela (Ethiopia),
  • Aapravasi Ghat (Mauritius);

3.          Encourages the States Parties concerned to pursue their efforts to ensure the conservation of World Heritage properties;

4.          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.

Report year: 2014
Mexico
Date of Inscription: 1987
Category: Cultural
Criteria: (i)(ii)(iii)(iv)(vi)
Documents examined by the Committee
SOC Report by the State Party
Report (2014) .pdf
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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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