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Central Zone of the Town of Angra do Heroismo in the Azores

Portugal
Factors affecting the property in 2000*
  • Management systems/ management plan
  • Marine transport infrastructure
Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports
Marina project
International Assistance: requests for the property until 2000
Requests approved: 2 (from 1984-1988)
Total amount approved : 25,290 USD
Information presented to the Bureau of the World Heritage Committee in 2000

Previous deliberations
Twenty-third session of the Bureau - paragraph IV.76.
Twenty-third session of the Committee - paragraph X.44.

New information: The Secretariat received two reports from the Permanent Delegation of Portugal: (1) report of meeting on the marina project (13-14 January 2000, attended by the ICOMOS-designated expert), and (2) a Periodic Report on the State of Angra and its Sea Front (dated 10 April 2000).

The Periodic Report provides information on:

  • The adoption of a plan for the Urban Involvement of the Angra Bay;
  • Models developed for the marina dam, its connection to the city and support services;
  • Status of development of the areas along the Bay, including the eighteenth century staircase and the remains of the Porta do Mar.

The reports have been transmitted to ICOMOS for review and advice.

 

Action Required

The Bureau may wish to examine ICOMOS’s advice that will be presented at the time of its session and take the appropriate decision thereupon.

Decisions adopted by the Committee in 2000
24 BUR IV.B.74
Angra do Heroismo (Portugal)

The Secretariat informed the Burea that it had received two reports from the Permanent Delegation of Portugal: (1) report of meeting on the marina project (13-14 January 2000, attended by the ICOMOS-designated expert), and (2) a Periodic Report on the State of Angra and its Sea Front (dated 10 April 2000).

The Periodic Report provided information on:

  • The adoption of a plan for the Urban Involvement of the Angra Bay;
  • Models developed for the marina dam, its connection to the city and support services;
  • Status of development of the areas along the Bay, including the eighteenth-century staircase and the remains of the Porta do Mar.

The ICOMOS expert, who had been involved for several years in the examination of this project, advised that the recommendations of the World Heritage Committee and the involvement of ICOMOS have given positive results.  These involved the formulation of a series of plans for urban preservation and the relation between the historical centre and the urban area, and the solution of the problem of the integration of the proposed marina. He had made some specific recommendations for further follow-up.

The Bureau commended the authorities of Portugal and the Regional Government of the Azores for the report and the actions it had taken in response to the recommendations formulated by the Committee, its Bureau and the ICOMOS expert. It encouraged the authorities to continue to involve the ICOMOS expert in the further planning process for the marina and the area that will connect the marina with the city, as well as in the preparation of the Special Protection Plan for the city of Angra do Heroismo.

The Bureau requested the authorities to submit a progress report on the above by 15 April 2001 for examination by the Bureau at its twenty-fifth session.

The Observer of Portugal highlighted the positive involvement of the World Heritage Centre and ICOMOS in this project and the good progress that was made over the past years. He expressed the wish of his Government to continue this collaboration in the future.  He reminded the members of the Bureau and the advisory bodies that the idea behind the construction of the marina was to give life to the area and thus give it the same character as in the 18th and 19th centuries.

The Delegate of Australia congratulated Portugal for the way it had made use of the system of periodic reporting.

Report year: 2000
Portugal
Date of Inscription: 1983
Category: Cultural
Criteria: (iv)(vi)
Documents examined by the Committee
arrow_circle_right 24COM (2000)
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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