Old City of Berne
Factors affecting the property in 1998*
- Other Threats:
Fire in January 1997
Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports
International Assistance: requests for the property until 1998
Total amount approved : 0 USD
Missions to the property until 1998**
Information presented to the Bureau of the World Heritage Committee in 1998
In January 1997 a fire destroyed a number of historic buildings in the Old City. In its final report dated January 1998 the working group “Fire and other Risks to the Old City of Berne” recommended a series of building, technical, financial and legal measures to improve the standard of fire protection.
Summary of the interventions
Decisions adopted by the Committee in 1998
22 BUR V.B.64
Old City of Berne (Switzerland)
The Bureau took note of the final report on fire protection measures for the Old City of Berne and thanked the State Party for its effort in improving the fire protection measures at this World Heritage site.
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”).