A municipal building on the cricket ground has been demolished, but there is no intention to demolish the dominant Mahinda Rajapraksa Pavilion or other buildings. The Pavilion was built after the 2004 tsunami and opened in December 2007 by the President of Sri Lanka,
whose name the Pavilion bears. The Cricket Stadium is within the buffer zone.
The mission suggests that the World Heritage Committee should seek a binding assurance from the State Party that no further buildings or structures will be erected on or surrounding the Cricket Stadium, and that the State Party consider removing the building to the eastern side of the Cricket Stadium (closer to the bay) within a reasonable timeframe such as 2020, when the renewed lease of the ground from the Municipality will have expired. This would give the State Party and Sri Lanka Cricket time to transfer allegiance to the much larger new stadium being constructed at Hambantota for the 2011 Cricket World Cup. However, the mission report did not include a photograph of the relationship between the Cricket Stadium buildings and the ramparts of the World Heritage property.
Conservation and management capacity of the Galle authorities
While repairs to a number of buildings in the Old Town have been completed since the 2008 mission was undertaken, and repair of the storm water drainage system (not sewerage, as all buildings have cess-pits or septic tanks) is 60% complete, other significant buildings continue
Conservation objectives need to be accepted property owners need to be educated in this funds and skills are lacking in this area.
by the local community and residents and respect. However resources including both
The mission considers that it could be beneficial to create a Conservation and Development Authority with delegated executive authority to manage all planning and development issues within the World Heritage Site, including the buffer zone, as the Galle Heritage Foundation (GHF), which was created as a legal entity to coordinate the conservation of Galle, apparently lacks the status, funding and resources needed for overall management of the property.
Property boundaries and buffer zone
The mission understood that following a maritime archaeological survey of Galle Harbour, which identified a number of wreck sites, a proposal to extend the buffer zone to include the bay to the east of the site had been gazetted but had not yet been given legal status. No map showing the area was provided. However an earlier buffer zone proposal that included this area is shown on the map of Galle in the Periodic Report summary included in the 2003 publication ‘State of Conservation of the World Heritage Properties in the Asia-Pacific
The mission considered that the areas of the bay which contain or are likely to contain significant marine archaeology should be protected either by an extension of the property or as part of an extended buffer zone.
Overall conservation of the property
The mission acknowledges the considerable work that has been undertaken to conserve individual buildings but also noted the apparent lack of control of some of this work which did
not follow appropriate conservation standards.
A list of 87 buildings to be classified as of international importance is stalled because of objections from owner occupiers.
State of conservation of World Heritage properties inscribed on the World Heritage List
WHC-10/34.COM/7B.Add, p. 127