1.         Port, Fortresses and Group of Monuments, Cartagena (Colombia) (C 285)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1984

Criteria  (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/285/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0 (from 1988-1999)
Total amount approved: USD 108,800
For details, see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/285/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds


Previous monitoring missions

2003: ICOMOS mission ; 2006: joint World Heritage Centre / ICOMOS mission 

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

a) Dilapidated state of conservation of the Church of Santo Domingo;

b) Construction of TRANSCARIBE, a new public transportation system and its impact on the wall;

c) Lack of a regulatory conservation management system of the property;

d) Impact of the harbour public works on the fortifications of Cartagena. 

Illustrative material  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/285/

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2008

On 3 January 2008, the World Heritage Centre received a report by the State Party presenting the actions taken by the Colombian Government regarding the conclusions and recommendations of the 2006 mission.

According to the report, most of these recommendations will be taken into account in the new Special Protection Plan (PEP) that will be finalized by September 2008. Another study for the state of conservation of the historical centre has been finalized (in partnership with the Interamerican Development Bank) and its results will be taken into account for the PEP. Some participation programmes have started and seem to have been carried out satisfactory, but no clear results where sent.

Concerning land use, there have been changes in the coastal areas around the city in order to build tourist complexes or private residences. It is important to clarify how this situation may affect the historical area.

No clear information of how current regulations are being implemented in order to protect the area. Furthermore, there is no information on some recommendations of the mission, including a timeframe for the finalization of the PEP.

The World Heritage Centre and ICOMOS are concerned that despite several joint World Heritage Centre / ICOMOS missions, which provided detailed advice on conservation and management there has been little progress in improving the protection and management of the property. In particular, there is concern over the lack of a detailed response to the recommendations of the 2006 reactive monitoring mission. 

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


Decision Adopted: 32 COM 7B.120

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-08/32.COM/7B,

2. Recalling Decision 28 COM 15B.112, adopted at its 28th session (Suzhou, 2004),

3. Deeply regrets that most of the recommendations of the 2006 Reactive Monitoring mission report are still in planning phase and no action has been taken ;

4. Requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2010, an updated report on the state of conservation of the property and on progress made in the implementation of the recommendations of the 2006 mission, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 34th session in 2010, focusing on:

a) updated information on the boundaries of the property and buffer zones of the World Heritage property and related regulations;

b) procedures and responsibilities concerning the establishment of urban building regulations;

c) updated information on the instruments for land use control, notably in the property, and policies to promote diversification of activities;

d) advancement of the integral study of the condition of the Fortifications' walls.