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A joint World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS reactive monitoring mission took place from 21 to 28

March 2010, as requested by the World Heritage Committee at its 33rd session. mission made recommendations in following principal areas:

The

a)

Boundary issues

The mission recommends giving the State Party more time to choose carefully among two options for possible boundary modification/clarification of the component parts of the property

within the Historic Centre:

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    reducing the boundary limits of the 1990 inscription and re-nominating (as this would be a significant modification of the boundaries),

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    modifying the national legal status of the property to allow the serial site, as inscribed in 1990, to be recognized as a single entity (this option would not need a re-nomination),

The mission considered that the latter option was preferable as this conserves the boundaries of the 1990 inscription and best corresponds to the landscape characteristics of the property. Outside the Historic Centre of St. Petersburg the mission recommended finalising the clarification and the establishment of boundaries of all existing component parts.

The mission recommends that a buffer zone be established to include the landscape surrounding the Historic Centre, in particular the panorama along the Neva, and proposed specific parameters and objectives necessary to define this extended buffer zone adequately, as requested by the World Heritage Committee at its 33rd session, Furthermore, the mission recommends to establishing buffer zones also for the main existing component parts situated in the Leningrad Region.

The mission recommends holding an international expert forum in St. Petersburg in order to evaluate various propositions concerning the boundaries of the property and its buffer zones.

On 15 April, following the mission’s request, the State Party submitted a document which represents a progress in terms of the awaited clarification of the boundaries, especially addressing for the first time an overall view of the component parts situated in the Leningrad Region. However, this document should be considered only as a first step of a phased project, as further efforts will have to be made to fully accomplish the necessary clarification of boundaries of all the component parts.

b)

Statement of Outstanding Universal Value

The mission recommends that the State Party revise the Statement of Outstanding Universal Value submitted in its recent report to better integrate the landscape characteristics of the Historic Centre, in particular the panorama along the Neva. The mission also recommends

that the World War II events related to the property be included in the text.

c)

Management of the property

The mission reiterates the recommendations of the 2009 World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS reactive monitoring mission, concerning designation of a principal management authority with sufficient authority to control the authenticity and integrity of the property, as well as the need to develop overall Management Plan for the property (linked to an Action Plan), including a Plan for Environmental Design and Urbanism for the entire territory, as well as a Safeguarding Plan which would define appropriate degrees of intervention for each element

of the property, which would permit co-ordination among all stakeholders concerned.

d)

“Ohkta Centre” Tower

The mission highlighted the potential negative impact of the proposed project of the "Ohkta” tower on the Outstanding Universal Value of the property. The mission notes with concern publication by the City Government of a Decree legitimizing a height of 403 meters for the

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

WHC-10/34.COM/7B.Add, p. 167

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