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Historic Quarter of the City of Colonia del Sacramento

Uruguay
Factors affecting the property in 2011*
  • Impacts of tourism / visitor / recreation
  • Major visitor accommodation and associated infrastructure
  • Management systems/ management plan
  • Marine transport infrastructure
Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports

a) Inappropriate architectural and urban design for a marina and hotel-casino in a building block at the old harbour;

b) Need to strengthen management planning for the Historic Quarter.

UNESCO Extra-Budgetary Funds until 2011

Total amount provided to the property: 2008 ICOMOS Technical mission financed by the Spanish Funds-in-Trust for World Heritage.

International Assistance: requests for the property until 2011
Requests approved: 2 (from 1994-2009)
Total amount approved : 35,000 USD
Missions to the property until 2011**

April 2002 and May 2004: ICOMOS reactive monitoring missions; June 2008: ICOMOS technical mission; September 2009 World Heritage Centre mission (update of the Tentative List).

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2011

The State Party did not submit a state of conservation report as requested by the World Heritage Committee at its 33rd session (Seville, 2009), therefore there is no updated information to assess the progress made in the implementation of previous World Heritage Committee decisions. Previous examination of the state of conservation of the property has noted concern on unresolved issues such as increase in visitation without adequate management strategies in place, the gentrification of the historic quarter, the lack of a comprehensive management plan and conservation guidelines as well as zoning and land use regulations integrated with existing planning tools.

The State Party submitted an International assistance request in 2009 for the development of a participatory methodological approach for the formulation of the management plan, the establishment of mechanisms and structures to ensure the follow-up process, and the implementation and elaboration of proposals for the improvement of the management structure. The World Heritage Centre has received information from the State Party that this project has been implemented and that the final report is currently under elaboration and will be submitted to the World Heritage Centre.

The World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies note that no updated information exists for the property to gauge the rate of implementation of past decisions made by the World Heritage Committee and whether the Outstanding Universal Value (OUV) of the property has been sustained. 

Decisions adopted by the Committee in 2011
35 COM 7B.135
Historic Quarter of the City of Colonia del Sacramento (Uruguay) (C 747)

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-11/35.COM/7B.Add,

2. Recalling Decision 33 COM 7B.146, adopted at its 33rd session (Seville, 2009),

3. Takes note that the State Party submitted a state of conservation report after the established deadline and, therefore, it could not be considered by the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies for the present session;

4. Urges the State Party to finalize the process for the development of a comprehensive participatory management plan for the property, including zoning and land use regulations and to submit by 1 February 2012, three printed and electronic copies to the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies for review;

5. Reiterates its invitation to the State Party to propose the extension of the property to include the "Bay and Islands of the City of Colonia del Sacramento";

6. Requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2012, an updated report on the state of conservation of the property, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 36th session in 2012.

Draft Decision: 35 COM 7B.135

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-11/35.COM/7B.Add,

2. Recalling Decision 33 COM 7B.146, adopted at its 33rd session (Seville, 2009),

3. Regrets that the State Party did not submit the required state of conservation report;  

4. Urges the State Party to finalize the process for the development of a comprehensive participatory management plan for the property, including zoning and land use regulations and to submit by 1 February 2012, three (3) printed and electronic copies to the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies for review;

5. Reiterates its invitation to the State Party to propose the extension of the property to include the "Bay and Islands of the City of Colonia del Sacramento";

6. Requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2013, an updated report on the state of conservation of the property, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 36th session in 2012. 

Report year: 2011
Uruguay
Date of Inscription: 1995
Category: Cultural
Criteria: (iv)
Documents examined by the Committee
arrow_circle_right 35COM (2011)
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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