Freitag, 12. Juli 2019

St. Goarshausen- Straßen- und Bahnverkehr erheblich durch Unwetter beeinträchtigt

Tickende Zeitbombe Mittelrheintal

POL-PDMT: St. Goarshausen- Straßen- und Bahnverkehr erheblich durch Unwetter beeinträchtigt

St. Goarshausen (ots) – Am 12.07.2019 ab 13:20 Uhr kam es aufgrund von unwetterartigen Regen- und Hagelfällen zu zahlreichen Erdrutschen und Überschwemmungen im Dienstgebiet der PI St. Goarshausen. So musste die B 42 in der Ortslage St. Goarshausen für mehr als vier Stunden voll gesperrt werden. Auch die parallel verlaufende Bahnstrecke wurde gesperrt.


Purer Zufall, dass hier kein Zug entgleist ist! © Pflugradt

 

Die Bahngleise sind hier derart mit Geröll versehen, dass die Strecke noch mehrere Stunden gesperrt bleiben wird. Die Straßen in die umliegenden Ortschaften von St. Goarshausen waren zeitweise nur beschränkt befahrbar. Die Straßenmeisterei Bogel, zahlreiche Feuerwehrkräfte und die Polizei waren über mehrere Stunden dauerhaft im Einsatz. Zu größeren Sachschäden für Privatpersonen kam es nach derzeitigem Kenntnisstand nicht.

Ebenfalls voll gesperrt war die B 42 zwischen Osterspai und Braubach. Dort kam es zum Abrutschen eines Hanges, weshalb auch dort die B 42 für mehrere Stunden voll gesperrt wurde. Die Straße ist derzeit nur halbseitig freigegeben.

Pressemeldungen der Polizei Rheinland-Pfalz

Donnerstag, 4. Juli 2019

Intervention der BI-Rheinpassagen auf der 43. Welterbekonferenz in Baku

BI-Rheinpassagen interveniert auf der 43. Welterbekonferenz in Baku für ein leises, klimafreundliches und zukunftsfähiges Welterbe Oberes Mittelrheintal

Stephan Dömpke von World Heritage Watch hat unsere Intervention vorgetragen, herzlichen Dank dafür.

I speak on behalf of the Citizens' Initiative "Rhine Passages". We have a few remarks regarding the draft Decision:

Concerning a Permanent Rhine Crossing
We ask the UNESCO World Heritage Committee to urge the State Party of Germany to undertake, through the State of Rhineland-Palatinate, the following measures before planning a permanent river crossing:

  1. To adopt a mobility concept for all road users in the Middle Rhine Valley, including an evaluation of additional traffic due to the termination of the ferry service;
  2. To review all previous expert opinions on road traffic (including the bridge design competition) based on applicable legal regulations and credible statistics;
  3. To formally acknowledge the ferries as an essential part of the Outstanding Universal Value of the cultural landscape of the Upper Middle Rhine Valley.
  4. To ensure that no major highway and bridge are constructed through the Middle Rhine Valley.

Concerning rail-related noise levels
The property needs immediate measures to be taken. We ask for limiting the speed of trains. Noisy freight trains should not run at all during the night, and dangerous goods must be completely banned from the valley. In the long run, freight transport must be re-routed away from the narrow Rhine rift valley.

Concerning already implemented changes
The example of the Coblenz funicular shows that promises of temporary installation which have been made by the German State Party cannot be relied on.
The remodelling of the Loreley open-air theatre has destroyed the visual integrity in the heart of the world heritage area. It is now widely visible in the valley. This will not be changed by replanting the trees which will not reach the necessary hight in order to hide that roof.
Future projects such as the rooftop illumination called the "Crystal" will do the same.
We ask UNESCO to ensure that no further ground be available for the construction of buildings in the landscape such as the planned hotels on the Loreley Rock and at the “Günderode House” in Oberwesel.
And that any further intervention be made only with full respect of nature conservation regulations.

Thank you for your attention.

BI-Rheinpassagen

Sonntag, 30. Juni 2019

Opening Ceremony of the 43rd Session of the World Heritage Committee

Opening Ceremony of the 43rd Session of the World Heritage Committee

Heydar Aliyev Center
1 Heydar Aliyev Avenue
Baku, AZ 1033

43rd session of the World Heritage Committee

BI Rheinpassagen ist akkreditiert.

43rd session of the World Heritage Committee
Baku, Republic of Azerbaijan
30 June – 10 July 2019

Samstag, 29. Juni 2019

The 7th International NGO Forum on World Heritage

“EkoSfera” Sosial-Ecological Center, Baku, 29 June 2019

P r o g r a m

9:00 Plenary Session

Welcome by Stephan Doempke, World Heritage Watch
Welcome by Firuza Sultan-zade, “EkoSfera” Social-Ecological Center

9:15 Perspectives of Cooperation of Civil Society and Statutory Bodies of the World Heritage Convention

Moderator: Stephan Doempke

Mechtild Roessler, Director, UNESCO Division for Heritage and World Heritage Centre (tbc)
Toshiyuki Kono, President, International Council for Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS)
Peter Shadie, Director World Heritage Programme, International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN)

Suggested Items for Discussion:
Time and Place of Future WHW Fora Potential contributions of WHW to IUCN and ICOMOS
General Conferences Common Goals and Activities for the 50th Anniversary of the WH Convention

10:45 Coffee break and Group Photo

11:15 Plenary Session: Policy Papers

Moderator: Stephan Doempke

Policy Paper on Climate Change
Presenter: Adam Markham, Union of Concerned Scientists
Dicussion

Policy Paper on Hydroelectric Dams
Presenter: Eugene Simonov, Rivers without Boundaries Coalition
Discussion

Nature at Risk - How Politicization is Limiting the Effectiveness of the World Heritage Convention
Presenter: Olivia de Willermin, Worldwide Fund for Nature
Discussion

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Plenary Session

World Heritage Watch Networking Meeting
Moderator: Stephan Doempke

Suggested Items for Discussion
Planning of work on Policy Issues
Preparation for the 50th Anniversary of the Convention
Working modalities of WHW

15:15 Parallel Sessions

  1. Azerbaijan NGO Networking Meeting
    Moderators: Stephan Doempke (World Heritage Watch), Firuza Sultan-zade ( SEC “EkoSfera” )
  2. Indigenous Peoples Permanent Forum on World Heritage Meeting
    Moderator: Chrissy Grant (IPPFWH)
  3. Drafting Resolutions

16:30 Coffee break

17:00 Closing Plenary

Adoption of Resolutions

18:00 End of NGO Forum

Evening Program

After the end of the Forum, participants are invited by our host NGO Ekosfera to an

Excursion to the Ateshga Fire Sanctuary and Qutab Dinner Party at the Castle (Gala)

These locations are in the vicinity of the airport. We will all be taken there and return together by a chartered bus.

The Ateshga sanctuary, according to tradition is the place of origin of Zoroastrism, the so-called "religion of fire", one of the most important heritage sites of Azerbaijan.

From there we will continue to the nearby Castle where Ekosfera has its second Center, and we will be treated to traditional Azerbaijani food, tea from the Samovar and a taste of Azeri wine.

Freitag, 28. Juni 2019

BI Rheinpassagen in Azerbaijan auf Exkursion

WHW und BI Rheinpassagen auf Exkursion in Azerbaijan

Es scheint als sei das 6. NGO Forum Paris 2019 im Februar - WHW & Greenpeace - erfolgreich gewesen.

Die UNESCO macht in ihrer Draft Decision deutlich, dass es bislang keine wirksamen Verbesserungen in Sachen Bahnlärm gibt, dass der Güterverkehr langfristig auf einer Alternativtrasse fahren sollte oder zumindest aber deutlich reduziert werden sollte.

Die UNESCO ist wegen der Tunnelrestaurierung gegenüber der Loreley besorgt, da diese den OUV des Welterbes gefährden könnte.

Die UNESCO favorisiert ortsnahe (klimafreundliche) Lösungen für eine Verbesserung der Rheinquerung um die lokalen Bedürfnisse der Bewohner des Welterbes zu erfüllen.

Das Welterbezentrum möchte sich gemeinsam mit ICOMOS die Auswirkungen bereits umgesetzter und geplanter Maßnahmen ansehen, um diese bzgl. des OUV zu bewerten.

Draft Decision: 43 COM 7B.83

The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Having examined Document WHC/19/43.COM/7B,
  2. Recalling Decision 41 COM 7B.45, adopted at its 41st session (Krakow, 2017),
  3. Noting the recommencement of planning for a permanent river crossing, reiterates its request to the State Party to involve the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies, at the earliest possible stage in the appraisal of options undertaken in a wide regional strategic context, but focusing on developing solutions for local needs, and before any decisions are taken;
  4. Welcomes the State Party’s continuous commitment to reduce rail-related noise levels in the property, notes however with regret that no effective result was achieved so far, and notes with concern the plans to upgrade railway tunnels between St. Goar and Oberwesel in a manner that could potentially harm the Outstanding Universal Value (OUV) of the property, therefore, encourages the State Party to develop long term solutions for diverting freight train traffic from the property or effectively reduce their traffic flow;
  5. Also welcomes the decision to withdraw the application for the installation of the wind farm project on Ranselberg Hill, near the municipality of Lorch, and strongly encourages the State Party:
    • to reject the application for the extension of the wind farm on the Kandrich Hill, near the municipality of Oberdiebach,
    • to harmonize its legislative tools and criteria for the assessment of the impact of wind farms on the OUV of the property and its buffer zone, and develop systematic mapping for identifying sensitive areas within the property, its buffer zone and beyond, also considering culturally significant visual aspects, key views, viewpoints, panoramas, silhouettes and other factors related to its OUV;
  6. Also encourages the State Party to provide revised detailed plans with a spatial assessment document that includes a Visual Impact Assessment on the cultural landscape for the Holiday Resort Sankt-Goar-Werlau, to the World Heritage Centre, for review by the Advisory Bodies, and before any irrevocable decisions are taken;
  7. Commends the State Party for its effort to update the Management Plan of the property into a consolidated document with the Master Plan, and also requests the State Party to provide the draft consolidated document to the World Heritage Centre, for review by the Advisory Bodies, in order to ensure that its recommendations and comments can be appropriately taken into account in the final document;
  8. Further welcomes the initiative of the State Party to invite an ICOMOS Advisory mission to the property in 2019 to assess the extension of the Koblenz cable car operating permit, nevertheless, further requests the State Party to invite instead a joint World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS Reactive Monitoring mission to assess the impact of already implemented changes and provide expert advice on how to assess, mitigate or avert the potential cumulative adverse impact on the OUV of the property of prospective projects, including the upgrading of three railway tunnels, and the Federal Horticultural Show 2029;

Quelle: http://whc.unesco.org/archive/2019/whc19-43com-7B-en.pdf

Mittwoch, 26. Juni 2019

43. Sitzung des UNESCO-Welterbekomitees in Baku, Azerbaijan

Die BI Rheinpassagen setzt sich in Baku für ein leises, klimafreundliches und zukunftsfähiges Welterbe Oberes Mittelrheintal ein.

BI Rheinpassagen fährt zur 43. Sitzung des UNESCO-Welterbekomitees nach Baku in Azerbaijan.

Die "Bürgerinitiative Rheinpassagen" wird bei der 43. Sitzung des UNESCO-Welterbekomitees vom 30. Juni bis zum 10. Juli in Baku (Azerbaijan) vertreten sein. Elke Greiff Gossen und Jan-Bernd Gossen sind akkreditiert.

Im Vorfeld findet am 29. Juni das 7. internationale NGO Forum von World Heritage im "EkoSfera" Sosial-Ecological Center in Baku statt.

Gäste des Forums sind unter anderen

  • Mechthild Rösler, Director, UNESCO Division for Heritage and World Heritage Centre (tbc)
  • Toshiyuki Kono, President, International Council for Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS)
  • Peter Shadie, Director World Heritage Programme, International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN)