1.         Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars (France) (C 1465)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  2015

Criteria  (iii)(iv)(vi)

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/1465/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0
Total amount approved: USD 0
For details, see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1465/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds

N/A

Previous monitoring missions

N/A

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Threats identified at the time of inscription in 2015:

Illustrative material  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1465/

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2018

Following a progress report (requested at the time of inscription of the property in 2015) submitted on 30 November 2016, the State Party submitted a state of conservation report on 29 November 2017, which is available at https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1465/documents/, and reports the following:

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

The State Party has made significant advancements in addressing all the Committee’s recommendations. The enactment of the site classé and the final validation of the AVAP for Aÿ, Hautvillers and Mareuil-sur-Aÿ are worth mentioning, as well as the ongoing preparation of the AVAP for Saint-Nicaise and new Secteur sauvegardé in Reims.

It is recommended that the Committee commend the State Party for the dedication and the rigorous methodology of its state services in assessing and explaining the potential negative impacts of the proposed windfarm of Pocancy and Champigneul on the property’s OUV, and the consequent decision by the Marne Prefecture to refuse the project’s building permit. The methodology appears robust and the assessment valid.  It is important to note that the methodology developed is considered useful for impact assessments concerning other World Heritage properties in France. The initiation of the study on the underground system of cavities is welcomed as a necessary preliminary step for the Risk Management Plan. Consolidating the indicators already in use within the property and those envisaged in the nomination dossier represents a useful first step to link these indicators with management objectives.

Information on the activities for the safeguarding of biodiversity is welcome: these should be integrated into everyday farming activities in order to produce their expected results.

Decision Adopted: 42 COM 7B.22

The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Having examined Document WHC/18/42.COM/7B,
  2. Recalling Decision 39 COM 8B.24, adopted at its 39th session (Bonn, 2015),
  3. Welcomes the ongoing progress made by the State Party in strengthening the legal, planning and management framework of the property;
  4. Encourages the State Party to continue its efforts in addressing the Committee recommendations, paying special attention to the following:
    1. Finalize the “Aires de valeur de l’architecture et du patrimoine” (AVAP) for Saint-Nicaise Hill and the Secteur sauvegardé for Reims with the plans and regulations currently under elaboration,
    2. Finalize the revision of the planning instruments so that their planning provisions are coherent with the regulations and plans for the newly-created protected zones,
    3. Finalize the study on the underground system of caves in Reims and develop the envisaged Risk Mananagement Plan according to the guide presented in annexe 11 of the state of conservation report submitted by the State Party in Novembre 2017,
    4. Continue the study on the landscape influence area undertaken in the framework of the impact assessments of the windfarm of Pocancy and Champigneul;
  5. Commending the State Party for the rigorous analysis of the negative impacts of the planned windfarm in Pocancy and Champigneul and its consistent decision-making, concurs with the conclusions of the assessment carried out by the French authorities regarding the negative impacts of this infrastructure on the Outstanding Universal Value (OUV) of the property, and requests the State Party to keep the World Heritage Centre informed about the outcome of the appeal against the decision;
  6. Also requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 December 2019, an updated report on the implementation of the above, for examination by the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies.