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Isole Eolie (Aeolian Islands) (Italy) (N 908)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List 2000

Criteria (viii)

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

Previous Committee Decisions 30 COM 7B.23; 31 COM 7B.24; 32 COM 7B.18

International Assistance N/A

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds N/A

Previous monitoring missions March 2007: joint World Heritage Centre / IUCN reactive monitoring mission;

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

  • a)

    Lack of overall management plan;

  • b)

    Excessive tourism development;

  • c)

    Pumice-pit mining.

Illustrative material http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/908

Current conservation issues

On

30

January 2009,

the

State

Party submitted a

report

on the World

Heritage

property and

on 1 February « Management

2010, it provided another document to the World Heritage Centre entitled plan of Aeolian Islands UNESCO WHS » and an updated report on the state

of

conservation

of

the

property.

This

document

contained

a

chapter

regarding

“recommendations by UNESCO” which is intended by the State Party to be its submission on

the state of conservation of the property.

The report comments on the outstanding questions

of implementation of points 6(b) to 6(i) of the World Heritage 7B.24, which were reiterated in Decision 32 COM 7B.18.

Committee

Decision

31

COM

The State Party report considers the mining issue as well as the additional points mentioned. The key points in its response are as follows:

  • (i)

    In response to the request to permanently stop mining, the State Party reconfirms that there was a definitive closure of pumice quarries in the property on 31 August 2007, seizure of mining machinery, and impounding of quarried material and that National Law 394/1991 bans any possible resumption of activity.

  • (ii)

    In response to the recommendation to set a deadline for the removal of stockpiles material, the report indicates that the Sicilian regional industry authority is arranging a plan for removal, but first requires completing a preventive ecological assessment. No firm timetable is stated for completion of this action.

  • (iii)

    In response to the request to prepare a management plan for the property, the State Party presents an extensive document of nearly 300 pages in length, in an English translation, of which the report on the conservation of the property is an annex. The

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

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

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