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107. Port, Fortresses and Group of Monuments, Cartagena (Colombia) (C 285)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List 1984

Criteria (iv) (vi)

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

Previous Committee Decisions 27 COM 7B.89; 28 COM 15B.112; 32 COM 7B.120

International Assistance USD 60,000 technical assistance for conservation

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds N/A

Previous monitoring missions 2003: ICOMOS Reactive Monitoring mission; 2006: joint World Heritage Centre / ICOMOS Reactive Monitoring mission

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

  • a)

    Construction of TRANSCARIBE, a new public transportation system and its impact on the wall;

  • b)

    Lack of a regulatory conservation management system of the property;

  • c)

    Impact of the harbour public works on the fortifications of Cartagena;

  • d)

    Need of urban regulations for the protected area;

  • e)

    Lack of a Management Plan.

Illustrative material http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/285

Current conservation issues

The World Heritage Centre received the state of conservation report from the State Party on 29 March 2010, which included the following responses to the Committee’s requests:


Updated information on the boundaries of the property and buffer zones of the World Heritage property and related regulations

The report includes a description of the property and its buffer zone, including a map with the new delimitation. The modification of the boundaries was proposed in the framework of the Special Plan for Management and Protection (PEMP - Plan Especial de Manejo y Protección del Centro Histórico de Cartagena de Indias) which is currently being analysed by the local government and the Ministry of Culture. In the attached map, the protected area and the buffer zone are larger than the area approved by Resolution 043 of 1994 and no explanation as to the reasons for this change was provided. However, it is stated that once the new delimitation has been approved, it will be officially submitted to the World Heritage Centre.

A clarification was made that 13 of the elements of the fortified system that are not included within the Historic Centre, have been declared Property of Cultural Interest in order to protect them by Decree 1911 of 2 November 1995 and the Law 397 of 1997 and Law 1185 of 2008. All interventions in these properties require previous authorization from the Ministry of

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

WHC-10/34.COM/7B.Add, p. 182

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