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World Heritage property boundary and buffer zone

The 2010 mission report recommends that Pruhonice Park should be integrated into the overall coordination, management and presentation of the World Heritage property and suggests that the buffer zone should be extended to surround Pruhonice Park.

The State Party transmitted two letters with detailed comments on the mission report both dated 27 April 2010, and noted in particular that: (a) The mission covered more issues than foreseen, (b) that the mission was not proposed to look at buffer zones of the property and the component of Pruhonice Park, (c) welcomed the conclusions on the transport strategy but stated that a reduction of the 4-lanes highway was not realistic and that concerning the parking policy in the historic centre has been already taken into account; (d) on development projects of the railway stations that further studies need to be undertaken (e) on the Charles Bridge that the monitoring has been carried out; (f) that concerning the Museums Mile it is already a successful concept without traffic reductions; (g) and considers the rehabilitation of the Historic Centre a success and (h) and concludes that the recommendations of 2008 for new buildings at Pankrac Plain should not exceed 60-70m would be respected.” Further information was then provided on 30 April 2010 on the restoration of the Charles Bridge. Clarifications on the boundaries were provided by letter from the national authorities dated 10 May 2010 as a follow-up to a meeting which took place at the World Heritage Centre on 14 April 2010.

The World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies have taken note of the comments by the Czech authorities and underline that a constructive dialogue on all issues covered in the mission report has taken place during the mission and in follow-up exchanges. Concerning the issue of the buffer zone, which was included as a follow-up to the 2008 mission, it is noted that any changes to the delimitations of the World Heritage property and its buffer zone would have to be officially submitted by the State Party.

Draft Decision:

34 COM 7B.82

The World Heritage Committee,

  • 1.

    Having examined Document WHC-10/34.COM/7B.Add,

  • 2.

    Recalling Decision 33 COM 7B.96, adopted at its 33rd session (Seville, 2009),

  • 3.

    Notes the outcome of the World Heritage Centre-ICOMOS reactive monitoring mission to the Historic Centre of Prague of January 2010;

  • 4.

    Urges the State Party to implement the recommendations of the January 2010 joint reactive monitoring mission, particularly in relation to:

    • a)

      the Blanka Tunnel: ensure the downgrading of the ‘Eastern Highway, halt the proposed tunnel behind the national museum and remove the sections of the Eastern Highway from the Eastern edge of the property,

    • b)

      the completion of the high-rise limitations plan, and

    • c)

      clarification of the rules presently in force to manage processes such as infill, reconstruction, rehabilitation and conservation;

  • 5.

    Requests the State Party to keep the World Heritage Centre informed about emerging major development proposals especially development at Visegrad station and Zitkov stations in accordance with the Operational Guidelines;

State of conservation of World Heritage properties inscribed on the World Heritage List

WHC-10/34.COM/7B.Add, p. 148

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