1.         Historic Quarter of the Seaport City of Valparaíso (Chile) (C 959rev)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  2003

Criteria  (iii)

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/959/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0 (from 2010-2010)
Total amount approved: USD 140,688
For details, see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/959/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds

N/A

Previous monitoring missions

November 2013: ICOMOS Advisory mission

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Illustrative material  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/959/

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2019

On 3 December 2018, the State Party submitted a state of conservation report, an executive summary of which is available at http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/959, and presents the following:

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

The State Party should be commended for its substantive report that addresses all of the Committee’s decisions and recommendations, as well as the factors affecting the property identified in earlier reports and decisions.

It is noted that the State Party has introduced transitionary mechanisms for the management and conservation of the property, and that the implementation of the UDP is progressing. It may be expected that the technical cooperation project with the IDB will result in a management model that will be appropriate for Valparaíso. It is recommended that the Committee request the State Party to submit the results of this cooperation project as soon as they become available for assessment by the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies.

The incorporation of the HUL approach in the IDB technical cooperation project and in the process of modifying the Plan Regulador Comunal is noted.  It is also noted that the ICOMOS’ Guidelines on HIAs for cultural World Heritage properties in the assessments were applied for the Terminal 2 project. The identified negative impacts of the project are accurate and the mitigation and compensation proposals are considered realistic and feasible, and it may be expected that such proposals will contribute to the conservation of the property’s Outstanding Universal Value (OUV).

The annulation of the Puerto Baron project and the prioritization of the new proposal “Paseo del Mar” is a promising shift in the development approach for the coastal zone, emphasizing the revitalization and public access to the area. This change of approach is very much welcomed. The State Party should be invited to submit the proposals for the “Paseo del Mar” project, and those related to the vehicular access to Terminals 1 and 2, in more detail, together with an assessment of their impact on the property and its buffer zone, once they become available, for review by the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies.

Decision Adopted: 43 COM 7B.98

The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Having examined Document WHC/19/43.COM/7B,
  2. Recalling Decision 41 COM 7B.60, adopted at its 41st session (Krakow, 2017),
  3. Expresses its appreciation for the substantive response that the State Party provided to its decisions and recommendations;
  4. Notes with satisfaction that transitional mechanisms have been introduced for the coordinated management of the property and that advances are being made in the definition of the management model for the property in the context of the Inter-American Development Bank-funded technical cooperation project, and requests the State Party to submit information on its further developments and results as soon as they become available, for review by the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies;
  5. Also notes with satisfaction that the development plans for Terminal 2 follows the Historic Urban Landscape approach and ICOMOS’ Guidelines for Heritage Impact Assessments for cultural World Heritage properties and welcomes the mitigation and compensation projects that have been proposed;
  6. Also welcomes the development of “Paseo del Mar” proposal, instead of Puerto Baron commercial project, which may be expected to provide a more adequate relation between the city and the sea, and also requests the State Party to submit the proposals for “Paseo del Mar”, as well as those related to the vehicular access to Terminals 1 and 2, in more detail, together with the appropriate assessment of their impacts on the property and its buffer zone, once they become available, for review by the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies;
  7. Finally requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 December 2020, 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 45th session in 2021.