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Colonial City of Santo Domingo

Dominican Republic
Factors affecting the property in 1999*
  • Housing
  • Impacts of tourism / visitor / recreation
  • Management systems/ management plan
  • Storms
Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports
  • Need for the adoption of a Master Plan
  • Housing rehabilitation programme
  • Tourism development programme
International Assistance: requests for the property until 1999
Requests approved: 2 (from 1990-1998)
Total amount approved : 58,000 USD
Information presented to the Bureau of the World Heritage Committee in 1999

New information: A report prepared by the Office for Cultural Heritage of the Dominican Republic has been received. The report addresses exclusively the damages caused by Hurricane Georges. It is reported that, although the hurricane was extremely strong, damage to the cultural heritage of Santo Domingo was limited, with the exception of the Palacio de Borgella the portico of which collapsed. At the same time, however, it is reported that the hurricane aggravated the already precarious conditions of a great number of privately owned historical residences (appr. 50) and that the problems identified are not responded to by any institution. The report concludes by identifying factors that hinder a structural approach to the rehabilitation and preservation of the city, such as lack of financial and human resources, low participation of the private sector in restoration and rehabilitation, weak legal framework, high level of sub-tenancy.

Action Required

The Bureau takes note of the report submitted by the authorities of the Dominican Republic on the damage caused by Hurricane Georges and requests the authorities to keep the Committee informed of further actions taken in response to the 1998 monitoring mission and towards the integrated rehabilitation of the historical centre of the city.

Decisions adopted by the Committee in 1999
23 BUR IV.B.54
Colonial City of Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic)

The Bureau took note of the report submitted by the authorities of the Dominican Republic on the damage caused by Hurricane Georges.  It requested them to keep the Committee informed of further actions taken in response to the 1998 monitoring mission and towards the integrated rehabilitation of the Historical Centre of the City.

Report year: 1999
Dominican Republic
Date of Inscription: 1990
Category: Cultural
Criteria: (ii)(iv)(vi)
Documents examined by the Committee
arrow_circle_right 23COM (1999)
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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