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

Previous Committee Decisions 31 COM 7B.102; 32 COM 7B.105; 33 COM 7B.118

International Assistance Total amount provided to the property: USD 17,620 for the St Petersburg International Conference, January 2007

UNESCO extra-budgetary funds Total amount provided to the property: USD 18,000 from the Dutch Funds-in-Trust

Previous monitoring missions: February 2006: Joint World Heritage Centre / ICOMOS mission; January/February 2007: International Conference of Eastern and Central Europe Countries on the Application of Scientific and Technological Achievements in the Management and Preservation of Historic Cities inscribed on the World Heritage List, St Petersburg; 2009: World Heritage Centre / ICOMOS reactive monitoring mission

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

  • a)

    Quality of new design projects in the inscribed zone;

  • b)

    High-rise development ;

  • c)

    Confusion over definition and extent of inscribed property and its buffer zones.

Illustrative material http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/540

Current conservation issues

The World Heritage Committee at its 33rd session (Seville, 2009) expressed its grave concern about the continuous lack of a leading management system and defined mechanisms of coordination for the management of the property. The World Heritage Committee also noted with concern, that the maps provided by the State Party define boundaries that include a significantly smaller area than that inscribed, as well as that the buffer zone proposed does not extend to encompass the landscape setting of the property and in particular the panorama along the Neva River, and requested the State Party to reconsider this buffer zone and submit it formally to the World Heritage Centre. The World Heritage Committee expressed again its grave concern that the proposed "Ohkta Centre Tower" could affect the Outstanding Universal Value of the property, and requested the State Party to suspend work on this project and submit modified designs, in accordance with federal legislation and accompanied by an independent environmental impact assessment.

The State Party submitted a state of conservation report to the World Heritage Centre on 29 January 2010.This report addresses the following main points:

  • -

    Submission of a draft Statement of Outstanding Universal Value,

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    On boundary issues, the State Party reports that historical and cultural studies are being carried out by the relevant authorized organisations, and suggested that on the basis of these studies, the “boundaries of components will be adjusted” and the “relevant buffer zones will be made in accordance with the effective legislation” .

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    Concerning the "Ohkta Centre Tower", the State Party reports that the project “undergoes expert city planning evaluation, and judicial investigation by the public prosecutor”;

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    In response to the Committee’s expression of grave concern about the lack of a management system and necessary mechanisms for management coordination of the property, the State Party report proposes a multi-purpose programme to address these needs. This programme would consist of preservation measures, financing, organisational improvements, manpower training and scientific research, tourism development and exchanges with historic cities in comparable situations in other countries.

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

WHC-10/34.COM/7B.Add, p. 166

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