UNESCO:“Historic Areas of Istanbul are not in danger”
United National Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) reviewed the List of World Heritage ‘in danger’. The World Heritage Committee gathering in Brasil declined the demands that the Historic Areas of Istanbul should be on the list of World Heritage in danger.
The World Heritage Committee, holding its 34th session in Brasil discussed the agenda topic about the Historic Areas of Istanbul. The issues and developments of the Historic Areas of Istanbul, which are on the World Heritage List of UNESCO, have been addressed throughout this session. A presentation was made for the Committee members of the Turkish Delegation, and the questions were answered. At the end of the discussions, the recent positive efforts and approach of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality have been highlighted, and the demands to withdraw Istanbul from the World Heritage List and inscribe it on the list of World Heritage in Danger have been unanimously declined.
UNESCO also requested from Turkey to bring some issues to a conclusion in the forthcoming period. First of all, an independent impact assessment should be conducted on whether the Golden Horn Metro Crossing Project will destroy the image of the Historical Peninsula and particularly the Süleymaniye Mosque.
In addition to this, the ongoing Management Plan the objective of which is to preserve the Historic Areas of İstanbul in an integrated way should be concluded at once, the impact assessment should be made before the implementation of the large-scaled infrastructural projects, and the Ottoman timber houses should be protected in an integrated way as well.