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Criteria (i), (ii)

Year(s) of inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger N/A

Previous Committee Decisions 30 COM 7B.85; 31 COM 7B.113; 33 COM 7B.109

International Assistance N/A

UNESCO extra-budgetary funds N/A

Previous monitoring missions March 2005: joint World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS monitoring mission

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

  • a)

    Construction project of a highway extension in the vicinty of Villa Saraceno;

  • b)

    Uncontrolled development and urban encroachment in the Veneto region;

Illustrative material http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/712/

Current conservation issues

Dated 29 January 2010, a report on the state of conservation of the property was submitted by the State Party. The report gives detailed information on counter measures for protecting the Outstanding Universal Value of the property in light of the recommendations of the joint World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS mission of 2005 in regard to the ongoing A-31 Valdastico- South highway construction project. The report indicates that further documentation was already provided with their letters dated 24 and 27 November 2009 including maps and plans.

The State Party further reports via letter dated 2 March 2010 that the final design, including the so-called “UNESCO modifications”, was submitted to the Municipality of Agugliaro (Vicenza) for the necessary town planning approval, which was granted with Resolution no. 2 of the Municipal Council dated 28 January 2009. The final design has also been approved by the region of Veneto, and has been forwarded to the National Autonomous Roads Corporation (ANAS), the institution in charge of highway construction under the control of the Italian Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, for its final approval. The State Party notes that the appropriation of land has begun, but no construction work has started yet.

The State Party has carried out a significant redesign of several sections of the highway near portions of the World Heritage property. In particular, at the planned exit north of Agugliaro, two underpasses have replaced overpasses and the design of the toll station has been modified and simplified. At the southern exit, one of the two overpasses has been removed and the second redesigned, including the lowering of its profile and the introduction of landscaping to minimize its impact. In addition, along the stretch of highway, two additional overpasses have been replaced by underpasses and a third removed entirely. A fourth overpass has been reduced in height to minimize its impact.

The World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies have examined the proposed changes

relating to issues raised by the joint regarding the highway construction.

World Heritage Centre / ICOMOS mission The adjustment to the road, close to the

of 2005 Villa, is

acceptable, as are the redesigns and the Advisory Bodies note underpasses, and the lowering of

of the toll booth infrastructure. The World Heritage Centre the substitution where possible of the overpasses with the profile of those remaining overpasses.

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

WHC-10/34.COM/7B.Add, p. 155

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