1.         Historic Inner City of Paramaribo (Suriname) (C 940rev)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  2002

Criteria  (ii)(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/940/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0
Total amount approved: USD 0
For details, see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/940/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds


Previous monitoring missions

August 2013: ICOMOS Advisory Mission

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Illustrative material  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/940/

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2014

The World Heritage Centre requested the State Party to submit information about conditions at the property and the redevelopment plan at the waterfront. This was submitted and reviewed in 2012 and an ICOMOS Advisory mission was carried out in August 2013 to assess the state of the property. It recommended that the State Party develop an Emergency Plan to identify measures to address factors affecting the property.

The State of conservation report, together with the Emergency Plan approved by the Council of Ministers, was submitted by the State Party on 31 January 2014, which is available at https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/940/documents/  Current conditions: the mission noted that conservation programmes were not regularly implemented given that funding had not been secured. The State Party reports that a Maintenance Plan will be implemented at all state-owned historic buildings and that tax incentives are being explored for the establishment of a Monuments Fund Suriname to support conservation endeavours.

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

The development of the Emergency Plan recommended by the Advisory Mission and the identification of measures to address current factors at the property is noted.  The approval for its implementation is crucial to ensure that adequate attention is placed on matters that currently hinder the efficient management and conservation of the property, in particular the legal and institutional frameworks. The existing Management Plan is considered an important tool to guide decision-making at the property but it needs to be adopted at all government levels to ensure its implementation. Similarly, provisions need to be complemented with the definition of a zoning plan and urban regulations, particularly in relation to new construction and development within the property and its buffer zones, as for example for Building 1790, for Waterkant 20-32 and for Henck Arronstraat 1. The establishment of an additional buffer zone, with appropriate regulatory measures, will also be an important step to enhance the protection of the attributes of the property and its setting.

Decision Adopted: 38 COM 7B.47

The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Having examined Document WHC-14/38.COM/7B,
  2. Recalling Decision 26 COM 23.20, adopted at its 26th session (Budapest, 2002),
  3. Welcomes the development and approval of the Emergency Action Plan for the property and the efforts being made by the State Party to address conservation and management concerns;
  4. Urges the State Party to continue with the implementation of actions foreseen, in particular:
    1. Update and harmonise legislative and regulatory frameworks to address overlaps and strengthen the role of the Management Authority,
    2. Finalise the formal process for the adoption of the Paramaribo Historic Inner City Management Plan and broadly disseminate its contents to ensure its implementation by all stakeholders,
    3. Develop a zoning plan and urban regulations to complement existing provisions in the Management Plan,
    4. Establish the Building Committee of Public Works to evaluate designs for new projects,
    5. Finalise the formal process for establishing buffer zones and their regulatory measures and submit a proposal for a minor boundary modification, according to the procedure established by the Operational Guidelines, for examination by the World Heritage Committee;
  5. Acknowledges the State Party’s commitment to ensure that all requests to demolish historic buildings are be rejected;
  6. Requests the State Party to submit, in accordance to Paragraph 172 of the Operational Guidelines , project proposals for the redevelopment of the Waterfront as well as technical specifications and details about the foreseen conservation and rehabilitation interventions within the property or its buffer zone, for review prior to making commitments to their implementation.
  7. Also requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 December 2015, an updated report, including a 1-page executive summary, on the state of conservation of the property and the implementation of the above, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 40th session in 2016.

Decision Adopted: 38 COM 8E

The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Having examined Document WHC-14/38.COM/8E,
  2. Congratulates the States Parties for the excellent work accomplished in the elaboration of retrospective Statements of Outstanding Universal Value for World Heritage properties in their territories;
  3. Adopts the retrospective Statements of Outstanding Universal Value, as presented in the Annex of Document WHC-14/38.COM/8E, for the following World Heritage properties:



    4.  Decides that retrospective Statements of Outstanding Universal Value for World Heritage properties in Danger will be reviewed by the Advisory Bodies in priority;
    5.  Further decides that, considering the high number of retrospective Statements of Outstanding Universal Value to be examined, the order in which they will be reviewed by the Advisory Bodies will follow the Second Cycle of Periodic Reporting, namely:

    6.  Takes note that the World Heritage Centre is in the process of harmonising all sub-headings in the adopted Statements of Outstanding Universal Value and, as appropriate, reflects name changes of World Heritage properties throughout the text of the Statements as requested by the Committee at its 37th session, and requests the World Heritage Centre to also update the size of the property and/or its buffer zone, as appropriate, following subsequent Decisions of the World Heritage Committee concerning Minor Boundary Modifications.
    7.  Requests the States Parties to provide support to the World Heritage Centre for translation of the adopted Statements of Outstanding Universal Value into English or French respectively, and finally requests the Centre to upload the two language versions on its website.