1.         Historic Centre of Lima (Peru) (C 500ter)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1988

Criteria  (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/500/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0 (from 1989-2013)
Total amount approved: USD 94,500
For details, see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/500/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds

N/A

Previous monitoring missions

1994: Systematic monitoring report UNDP/UNESCO; March-April 2003: ICOMOS Reactive Monitoring mission; January 2010: Joint World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS Reactive Monitoring mission

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Illustrative material  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/500/

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2017

On 9 December 2016, the State Party submitted a state of conservation report. An executive summary is available at https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/500/documents/. Moreover, additional information on several issues was received on 24 February 2017. In its report, the State Party addresses the following issues:

Moreover, due to the awareness on the fragility of some vulnerable areas of the Historic Centre and the current state of conservation of some historic buildings, the State Party informs on the establishment of an inter-institutional working group that will address the current conservation issues faced by the property. In this context, the State Party invited the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies to conduct an Advisory mission in the course of 2017.

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

The efforts made by the State Party regarding the management of the property are appreciated, in particular the decision taken by the Municipality to cancel the Cable Car Project in order to avoid any negative impact to the Outstanding Universal Value (OUV) of the property, and following the recommendations made by the Committee in past decisions.

Regarding the High Capacity Segregated Corridor, and taking into consideration that the project was completed without the submission of the HIAs as requested in previous decisions, it is recommended that the Committee urge the State Party to finalize and submit the requested studies with a particular analysis and a clear explanation on how to mitigate any possible impact on the OUV of the property, that could affect its physical, environmental or urban integrity at the identified stations (Colmena, Jirón Quilca, Ramon Castilla and Central).

Despite the efforts made on the review of the Master Plan for the Historic Centre of Lima requested by Decisions 37 COM 7B.102 and 39 COM 7B.92, the process has not been completed. No specific timeframe was provided by the State Party for the finalization and approval of the updated Master Plan for the property. It is important to recall that in the context of a complex and very extensive urban area as that comprised by this World Heritage property, it is crucial to possess updated management and conservation tools to ensure its integrity and OUV.

Furthermore, it is essential to give particular attention to the state of conservation of some historic buildings in the Historic Centre and to enhance management arrangements in all the components of the property within the Master Plan in order to ensure the preservation of the values that sustain the OUV.

Moreover, due to the high importance of a Master Plan for the property, it is strongly recommended that the Committee request its finalization and approval as soon as possible, and that special attention be given to the most vulnerable parts of the site.

The invitation by the State Party to send a joint World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS Advisory mission to assist in the identification of suitable measures to ensure the proper management and conservation of the property is welcomed.

Decision Adopted: 41 COM 7B.64

The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Having examined Document WHC/17/41.COM/7B,
  2. Recalling Decisions 37 COM 7B.102 and 39 COM 7B.92, adopted at its 37th (Phnom Penh, 2013) and 39th (Bonn, 2015) sessions respectively,
  3. Appreciates the efforts made by the State Party regarding the management of the property and notes with satisfaction that the State Party decided to cancel the Cable Car Project to avoid any negative impact on the Outstanding Universal Value (OUV) of the property;
  4. Notes with regret that the High Capacity Segregated Corridor project was completed without the submission of the Heritage Impact Assessments (HIAs) requested in past decisions and, therefore, urges the State Party to submit these assessments as soon as possible, in conformity with the ICOMOS Guidance on HIAs for Cultural World Heritage properties, with a specific section focusing on the potential impact of the project on the OUV, and to include an analysis of the scale and a clear explanation on how to mitigate any potential impacts of the concerned stations;
  5. Reiterates its request to the State Party to finalize the process for updating the Master Plan for the Historic Centre of Lima and ensure its approval as soon as possible to enable the integral protection of all the components of the property;
  6. Welcomes the invitation by the State Party of a joint World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS Advisory mission to provide technical assistance regarding the issues concerning the management and conservation of the property;
  7. Requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 December 2018, an updated report on the state of conservation of the property and the implementation of the above, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 43rd session in 2019.