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H. E. Mr Petr Drulak
Permanent Delegate of the Czech Republic to UNESCO
Ref.: CLT/HER/WHC/EUR/17/10037 10 August 2017
Subject: State of conservation of the World Heritage property "Historic Centre of Prague"
As you may recall, in our previous letters of 5 April 2016 and 13 May 2016 , we kindly requested the Czech authorities to provide the World Heritage Centre with information concerning any development project activities, which include the construction of high buildings, and to continue informing the World Heritage Centre, in accordance with Paragraph 172 of the Operational Guidelines, about any envisaged developments, major restorations or rehabilitations on the Pankrac Plain, within the property "Historic Centre of Prague", its buffer zone and settings.
The Advisory Body of the World Heritage Committee, ICOMOS International reviewed the report submitted by the Czech authorities on 21 February 2017. In its technical report transmitted to your authorities on 22 February 2017, ICOMOS International concluded that the Rezidence Park Kavčí Hory project would add substantially to the harm caused by the existing tall buildings cluster, and set a precedent for yet more similar development on the city skyline.
In the letter of 16 June 2017, your authorities highlighted the decision of the Prague City Council's Department of Heritage Management concerning the Rezidence Park Kavčí Hory project, concluding that this proposed development project was not in conflict with the heritage preservation regulations for the given area.
I would like to inform you that the World Heritage Centre received a letter (enclosed) from the ICOMOS Czech National Committee concerning the state of conservation of the property, and in particular the Rezidence Park Kavčí Hory project.
We are sending this information to you in accordance with Paragraph 174 of the Operational Guidelines to enable us to verify, with your authorities concerned, the information that we have received.
Following the review of the report, the World Heritage Centre and Advisory Bodies may decide if the report will be submitted for examination of the state of conservation of the property Historic Centre of Prague by the World Heritage Committee at its 42nd session in 2018.
May I take this opportunity to thank you for your support and cooperation in the implementation of the World Heritage Convention.
World Heritage Centre
IV PROCESS FOR MONITORING THE STATE OF CONSERVATION OF WORLD
IV.A Reactive Monitoring Definition of Reactive Monitoring
169. Reactive Monitoring is the reporting by the Secretariat, other sectors of UNESCO and the Advisory Bodies to the Committee on the state of conservation of specific World Heritage properties that are under threat. To this end, the States Parties shall submit specific reports and impact studies each time exceptional circumstances occur or work is undertaken which may have an impact on the Outstanding Universal Value of the property or its state of conservation. Reactive Monitoring is also foreseen in reference to properties inscribed, or to be inscribed, on the List of World Heritage in Danger as set out in paragraphs 177-191. Reactive Monitoring is also foreseen in the procedures for the eventual deletion of properties from the World Heritage List as set out in paragraphs 192-198. These reports shall be submitted to the World Heritage Committee through the Secretariat, using the standard format in Annex 13, in English or French: Decision 39 COM 11 38 Operational Guidelines for the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention a) by 1 December of the year preceding the examination of the property by the Committee, for the properties inscribed on the World Heritage List, b) by 1 February of the year of examination of the property by the Committee, for the properties inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger, and for specific cases of utmost urgency.
Objective of Reactive Monitoring
170. When adopting the process of Reactive Monitoring, the Committee was
particularly concerned that all possible measures should be taken to prevent
the deletion of any property from the List and was ready to offer technical
co-operation as far as possible to States Parties in this connection.
171. The Committee recommends that States Parties co-operate with the
Advisory Bodies which have been asked by the Committee to carry out
monitoring and reporting on its behalf on the progress of work undertaken
for the preservation of properties inscribed on the World Heritage List.
Information received from States Parties and/or other sources
172. The World Heritage Committee invites the States Parties to the Convention
to inform the Committee, through the Secretariat, of their intention to
undertake or to authorize in an area protected under the Convention major
restorations or new constructions which may affect the Outstanding
Universal Value of the property. Notice should be given as soon as possible
(for instance, before drafting basic documents for specific projects) and
before making any decisions that would be difficult to reverse, so that the
Committee may assist in seeking appropriate solutions to ensure that the
Outstanding Universal Value of the property is fully preserved.
173. The World Heritage Committee requests that reports of missions to review
the state of conservation of the World Heritage properties include:
a) an indication of threats or significant improvement in the
conservation of the property since the last report to the World
b) any follow-up to previous decisions of the World Heritage
Committee on the state of conservation of the property;
c) information on any threat or damage to or loss of Outstanding
Universal Value, integrity and/or authenticity for which the
property was inscribed on the World Heritage List.
174. When the Secretariat receives information that a property inscribed has
seriously deteriorated, or that the necessary corrective measures have not
been taken within the time proposed, from a source other than the State
Party concerned, it will, as far as possible, verify the source and the
contents of the information in consultation with the State Party concerned
and request its comments.