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; November 2022, World Heritage Centre 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 2023

On 14 March 2023, the State Party submitted a state of conservation report, whose summary is available at https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/959/documents/, presenting progress on the issues addressed by the Committee at its previous sessions, as follows:

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

The continued support of the IADB is noted, as well as the timely implementation of the scheduled meetings and studies, whose content – however – has not been specified in the report. Complete information should therefore be requested on the activities carried out in this framework.

The establishment of the agreement between the municipality of Valparaíso and the Ministry of Cultures, the Arts and Heritage is welcomed as a tool to ensure better coordination and synergy between all national and local actors and stakeholders concerned at financial, legislative, administrative and decision-making levels. The State Party should be encouraged to concretely implement the agreement and to report to the Committee on the results obtained in its framework.

The State Party should be commended for the creation of the "Municipal Corporation for Heritage Site Administration", with the mandate of promoting and strengthening public-private partnerships. The Committee may wish to request the State Party to report on the decisions and measures that will be taken by the Municipal Corporation for Heritage Site Administration.

The third stage of the development of technical platform for the risk management of the site is noted with satisfaction, and note is also taken that the elaboration of a Risk Management Plan should start in 2023. It is recommended that the Committee request the State Party to submit the Plan, once completed, for review by the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies.

The further progress in the creation and provision of Regional Heritage Directorates under the National Cultural Heritage Service should also be welcomed. Due to the pressing needs of the institutions concerned, it is suggested that the State Party be urged to reinforce the technical office of the National Monuments Council.

The information on the new Paseo Barón project, focusing on the creation of a public park that will enhance the social relation between the coast and the city should be welcomed; the Committee may wish to request that the State Party report to the World Heritage Centre on the excavation works expected to be launched in 2023 for review by the Advisory Bodies.

The ongoing implementation of a programme of restoration and conservation of nine elevators and a number of historic buildings is noted. The State Party should be urged, as a matter of priority, to accelerate the implementation of restoration and conservation activities, and to extend them to all the buildings of the property in need of urgent rehabilitation, also as a means to reverse the recognized depopulation trends in the site, in line with the recommendations of the Advisory mission of November 2022.

The abandonment of the previous Terminal 2 extension project is noted. Complete information on the alternative project expected be defined in 2023 should be submitted to the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies for review as soon as available.

The State Party should be commended for the agreement established between the Municipality of Valparaíso and Valparaíso Port Company to ensure participation and synergy among the main stakeholders on issues related to port accessibility and port-city interaction.

The State Party should also be commended for having invited an Advisory mission of the World Heritage Centre in November 2022, to facilitate institutions and civil society consultations on all matters linked to the conservation of the site and the implementation of the decisions of the Committee. The Advisory mission has invited the State Party to consider a set of general and specific recommendations, among them the development, approval, and implementation of an integral participatory management plan as a means of integrating current legal instruments and administrative relevant competencies. The State Party reports on the state of implementation of the recommendations; first stage for the development of the integral management plan is scheduled for 2023.

Decision Adopted: 45 COM 7B.111

The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Having examined Document WHC/23/45.COM/7B,
  2. Recalling Decision 44 COM 7B.165 adopted at its extended 44th session (Fuzhou/online, 2021),
  3. Takes note of the continued support of the Inter-American Development Bank and of the timely implementation of the scheduled meetings and studies and requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre complete information on the activities carried out in this framework;
  4. Welcomes the establishment of the agreement between the municipality of Valparaíso and the Ministry of Cultures, the Arts and Heritage, encourages the State Party to concretely implement the agreement and also requests it to report to the World Heritage Centre on the results obtained in its framework;
  5. Commends the State Party for the creation of the "Municipal Corporation for Heritage Site Administration", with the mandate of promoting and strengthening public-private partnerships, and further requests the State Party to report to the World Heritage Centre on the decisions and measures that will be taken by this “Municipal Corporation for Heritage Site Administration”;
  6. Also takes note of the third stage of the development of a technical platform for the risk management of the site, and that the start of the elaboration of the Risk Management Plan is foreseen in 2023, and requests that, once completed, the plan be submitted for review by the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies;
  7. Also welcomes the further progress in the creation and provision of Regional Heritage Directorates under the National Cultural Heritage Service and urges the State Party to reinforce the technical office of the National Monuments Council;
  8. Further welcomes the new Paseo Barón project focusing on the creation of a public park that will enhance the social relation between the coast and the city, and further requests the State Party to report to the World Heritage Centre on the excavation works expected to be launched in 2023 for review by the Advisory Bodies;
  9. Notes the ongoing implementation of a programme of restoration and conservation of nine elevators and a number of historic buildings and also urges the State Party to accelerate, as a matter of urgent priority, the implementation of restoration and conservation activities, and to extend them to all the buildings of the property in need of urgent rehabilitation, also as a means to reverse the recognized depopulation trends in the site, in line with the recommendations of the World Heritage Centre Advisory mission of November 2022;
  10. Also notes the abandonment of the previous Terminal 2 extension project and furthermore requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies for review, as soon as available, the complete information on the alternative project to be defined in 2023;
  11. Also commends the State Party for the establishment of the agreement between the Municipality of Valparaíso and Valparaíso Port Company to ensure participation and synergy among the main stakeholders concerned by port accessibility and port-city interaction issues;
  12. Further commends the State Party for having invited an Advisory mission of the World Heritage Centre, to facilitate institutions and civil society consultations on all matters linked to the conservation of the site and the implementation of the decisions of the Committee and again requests the State Party to fully implement the mission’s recommendations;
  13. Finally requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 December 2024, 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 47th session.