1.         Van Nellefabriek (Netherlands (Kingdom of the)) (C 1441)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  2014

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/1441/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0
Total amount approved: USD 0
For details, see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1441/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds


Previous monitoring missions


Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Threats identified at the time of inscription in 2014:

Illustrative material  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1441/

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2015

On 30 January 2015, the State Party submitted a full report concerning the state of conservation of this property, which is available at the following web address : https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1441/documents/. In this report, the State Party provides information on the progress achieved in implementing the recommendations mentioned in the decision to inscribe Van Nellefabriek on the World Heritage List:

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

The strong commitment of the State Party to the conservation and management of the property should be noted; as well as the fact that virtually all the recommendations made by the Committee at the time of inscription in 2014 have been acted upon. It is noted now that progress is being made with regards to the Municipal Urban Development Plan with the remaining zoning plan set for completion in autumn 2015. Additionally, these zoning plans include measures to guarantee the preservation of the current views of the property.

However the report does not provide details on the policy changes and how effective they will be in providing additional protection to the property and its buffer zone.

It should also be noted that the State Party has successfully set up an enlarged management committee for the property, which intends to meet four times a year and includes representatives of the property, the cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands, and the Municipal Monuments office. The need to sustain these efforts to comprehensively address long-standing concerns should be underscored, particularly in relation to the efficiency of the management system, state of conservation, and visitor management and public use.

It is considered that there is no significant risk to the buildings located close to the rail, roads and canal from the transportation of hazardous materials. However, any incidents should be recorded and reported within the monitoring system.

With regards to the construction of a visitor Centre at the entrance of the property, it is noted that the State Party wishes to create a visitor facility within the former coffee roasting plant. This new development aims to enhance the knowledge and understanding of the property. Plans for the facility’s development will be submitted to the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies for evaluation in spring 2015 in conformity with ICOMOS Guidelines on Heritage Impact Assessments for World Heritage cultural properties.

In light of the progress made by the State Party, it is considered that the main concerns of the World Heritage Committee are currently being addressed. It is recommended that the World Heritage Committee encourage the State Party to continue with the implementation of all relevant measures and plans, defining appropriate degrees of intervention for each element of the property, in order to prevent any threats to its Outstanding Universal Value.

Decision Adopted: 39 COM 7B.81

The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B,
  2. Recalling Decision 38 COM 8B.35, adopted at its 38th session (Doha, 2014),
  3. Commends the State Party for the actions it has undertaken in response to the World Heritage Committee’s recommendations at the time of inscription to complete the New Municipal Urban Development Plan for the property and the whole of its buffer zone, to conserve the visual integrity of the property, to set up a Management Committee for the property, to confirm that there is no threat to the property from transport of hazardous materials in the vicinity, and to submit the plan for a visitor facility;
  4. Requests the State party to finalize, as soon as possible, the Municipal Urban Development Plan of the property and submit it to the World Heritage Centre for review by the Advisory Bodies;
  5. Notes the proposed plan for a visitor facility within the property and also requests the State Party to provide the World Heritage Centre with the plans for the project, for review by the Advisory Bodies;
  6. Further requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 December 2016, an updated report, including a 1-page executive summary, on the state of conservation of the property and the implementation of the above.