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Fray Bentos Industrial Landscape

Uruguay
Factors affecting the property in 2017*
  • Legal framework
  • Management systems/ management plan
Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports
Threats identified at the time of inscription of the property in 2015:
  • Insufficient legislative protection of the entire buffer zone
  • Incomplete Management Plan
  • Need to complete the arrangements for representation of the local communities on the Management Committee
International Assistance: requests for the property until 2017
Requests approved: 1 (from 2012-2012)
Total amount approved : 11,500 USD
Missions to the property until 2017**
Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2017

On 29 November 2016, the State Party submitted a state of conservation report that is available at https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1464/documents/. The report responds to the recommendations and requests made by the World Heritage Committee at the time of the inscription of the property on the World Heritage List in 2015, as follows:

  • Legislative protection of the entire buffer zone: The highest possible protection has been given to the entire buffer zone at the national and local level by Act Number 14040(2016), Act N. 16466 and Fray Bentos Local Plan (Decree 222/013). All interventions and actions in this area are under the supervision, and require the approval of the Fray Bentos Industrial Landscape Site Committee. In addition, the declaration as national monuments of the Stella Movie Theater and Constitution Square, both in the buffer zone of the property, is underway. Furthermore, the Departmental Government of Rio Negro (IDRN) has passed a Heritage Departmental Law and will annually allocated USD 35,000 to the site;
  • Representation on the Management Committee: In June 2016, the Fray Bentos Industrial Landscape Site Committee was established with the participation of local authorities, national ministries and representatives of educational institutions, local communities and commerce sector. An Executive Board was created and a site manager appointed. Functions and responsibilities for the property and its buffer zone are defined in formal agreements between parties;
  • Completion of the Management Plan: In November 2016, a technical cooperation agreement was signed between the Departmental Government of Rio Negro (IDRN) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) for an amount of USD 546,000, for a duration of 30 months and with the objective to prepare and implement a strategic plan for the management and sustainable development of the property and the City of Fray Bentos. Following the implementation of this project and other cooperation agreements, the State Party will submit in November 2017 a conservation plan, an impact assessment plan, guidelines regarding new functions and a monitoring plan. Specific recommendations of the World Heritage Committee on these issues will be incorporated in the mentioned instruments. Progress was also noticed in the inventory of the machinery and in the enhancement of archaeological research;
  • In accordance with Paragraph 172 of the Operational Guidelines, the State Party indicated its intention to undertake restoration and rehabilitation works and the potential installation of educational institutions in some of the buildings within the property.
Analysis and Conclusion by World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies in 2017

The actions taken by the State Party concerning the protection of the buffer zone and the arrangements for the management of the property are satisfactory. It is recommended that the Committee congratulate the State Party for the creation of the Fray Bentos Industrial Landscape Site Committee, its broad composition and the appointment of dedicated staff.

The management and sustainable use and development of the industrial landscape, its buffer zone, the surrounding landscape and the City of Fray Bentos are challenging tasks. The great number of cooperation agreements with universities, educational and other institutions, as well as the technical cooperation agreement with the IADB should provide a firm basis for such endeavour. The completion/revision of the Management Plan with all its new instruments should be a priority task. It is recommended that the Committee request the State Party to keep the World Heritage Centre informed on the progress and results of the IADB technical cooperation and that the new instruments of the Management Plan be submitted as soon as it becomes available for review by the Advisory Bodies.

Decisions adopted by the Committee in 2017
41 COM 7B.65
Fray Bentos Industrial Landscape (Uruguay) (C 1464)

The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Having examined Document WHC/17/41.COM/7B,
  2. Recalling Decision 39 COM 8B.39, adopted at its 39th session (Bonn, 2015),
  3. Congratulates the State Party for the actions it has taken for the protection of the buffer zone of the World Heritage property and for the management arrangements it has put in place, particularly the creation of a multistakeholders Site Committee and the appointment of dedicated staff;
  4. Welcomes the cooperation agreements with local and national institutions and the technical cooperation agreement with the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) for the strategic planning and management of the City of Fray Bentos and the Industrial Landscape, and requests the State Party to:
    1. Pay particular attention to the completion/revision of the Management Plan taking into account the specific recommendations of the World Heritage Committee at the time of inscription of the property on the World Heritage List,
    2. Submit the Management Plan and related new instruments, as soon as they become available, to the World Heritage Centre, for evaluation by the Advisory Bodies,
    3. Keep the World Heritage Centre informed on the progress and results of the technical cooperation agreement with the IADB;
  5. Also requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, for review by the Advisory Bodies, by 1 December 2018, a report on the implementation of the above.
Draft Decision: 41 COM 7B.65

The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Having examined Document WHC/17/41.COM/7B,
  2. Recalling Decision 39 COM 8B.39, adopted at its 39th session (Bonn, 2015),
  3. Congratulates the State Party for the actions it has taken for the protection of the buffer zone of the World Heritage property and for the management arrangements it has put in place, particularly the creation of a multistakeholders Site Committee and the appointment of dedicated staff;
  4. Welcomes the cooperation agreements with local and national institutions and the technical cooperation agreement with the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) for the strategic planning and management of the City of Fray Bentos and the Industrial Landscape, and requests the State Party to:
    1. Pay particular attention to the completion/revision of the Management Plan taking into account the specific recommendations of the World Heritage Committee at the time of inscription of the property on the World Heritage List,
    2. Submit the Management Plan and related new instruments, as soon as they become available, to the World Heritage Centre, for evaluation by the Advisory Bodies,
    3. Keep the World Heritage Centre informed on the progress and results of the technical cooperation agreement with the IADB;
  5. Also requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, for review by the Advisory Bodies, by 1 December 2018, a report on the implementation of the above.
Report year: 2017
Uruguay
Date of Inscription: 2015
Category: Cultural
Criteria: (ii)(iv)
Documents examined by the Committee
SOC Report by the State Party
Report (2016) .pdf
arrow_circle_right 41COM (2017)
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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