1.         Colonial City of Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic) (C 526)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1990

Criteria  (ii)(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/526/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0 (from 1990-1998)
Total amount approved: USD 58,000
For details, see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/526/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds

N/A

Previous monitoring missions

N/A

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Illustrative material  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/526/

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.

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 1999

N/A

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

N/A

Decision Adopted: 23 BUR IV.B.54

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.