UNESCO mission highlights Machu Picchu's excellent state of conservation

(SOURCE: Andina) - Unesco's Reactive Monitoring Mission stressed the excellent state of conservation of the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu and the high level of coordination among all institutions involved in its management in order to respond to recommendations made by the World Heritage Committee.

This group of experts assessed the state of conservation and the implementation of observations made during a field visit through Machu Picchu district, Machu Picchu Llaqta, Santa Teresa district and the Amazon access, located in the Cusco Region province of La Convencion.

On the first day, experts toured Machu Picchu town to gauge solid waste management in situ and assess the prevention/disaster risk reduction plan and district's urban organization scheme.

During the second day, the team explored the area from Ruinas Bridge to the hydroelectric sector, with the aim of collecting information required to evaluate the Amazon access comprehensive strategy and the Site Plan.

Led by UNESCO World Heritage Centre Director Cesar Moreno-Triana, the mission comprised representatives of the International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM), and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

After its visit, the mission will use the collected data to prepare a report including results of the assessment and specific recommendations submitted to the World Heritage Committee, whose final decision will be unveiled during its 41st session in Krakow, Poland, from 2 to 12 July 2017.

Jared Snow