1.         Natural and Culturo-Historical Region of Kotor (Montenegro) (C 125ter)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1979

Criteria  (i)(ii)(iii)(iv)

Year(s) of inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger   1979-2003

Previous Committee Decisions  see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/125/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0 (from 1979-1982)
Total amount approved: USD 70,000
For details, see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/125/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds


Previous monitoring missions

Monitoring mission in 2003

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Earthquake; lack of Management Planning; urban development; integrity.

Illustrative material  see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/125/

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2005

The World Heritage Centre received on 1 February 2005 a report concerning progress in drafting the Management Plan for the property initiated in 2003.  Subsequently, the World Heritage Centre received a letter from the Minister of Maritime Affairs and Transport, dated 15 March 2005, detailing concerns about the building of the “Verige” Bridge near the entrance to the Bay of Kotor.

The progress report for the development of the Management Plan is vague.  Although the title clearly states “Progress Report of the Project of Drafting the Management Plan, for the period: 1st February 2004 – 1st February 2005”, and although the foreword states that “in the past period, the Regional Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage…, amongst other things, also carried out one part of the activities of direct and indirect importance for the procedure of drafting the Management Plan of the protected area”, the 6-page report makes no mention of work on this Management Plan beyond the information submitted in early 2004, and already reported on in July 2004 to the Committee.  The report covers the following activities of the Regional Institute from February 2004 to February 2005: including research, studying and preservation of cultural heritage; cooperation with competent bodies, professional and other organizations and institutions (stakeholders); participation in professional meetings, seminars and conferences nationally and internationally; co-operation with international organizations for the preservation of cultural heritage (UNESCO, ICCROM, etc.)

ICOMOS is aware of recent changes of personnel at all levels within the Regional Institute, and suspects on the basis of the report submitted that project continuity has been negatively affected.  The State Party is encouraged again to review and complete this critically important management instrument, in line with earlier recommendations (2003 mission; 2004 round-table).  If the State Party cannot ensure its commitment, inclusion in the List of World Heritage in Danger may be re-considered.

Efforts made by the Minister of Maritime Affairs and Transport to ease traffic flow around the Bay of Kotor to protect the World Heritage values of the property, and his commitment to approaches that are “economically and ecologically sustainable” have to be acknowledged.  ICOMOS underlines the need for a long-term Management Plan for the property taking into account future infrastructure. 

Analysis and Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre, ICOMOS and ICCROM


Decision Adopted: 29 COM 7B.84

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-05/29.COM/7B.Rev,

2. Recalling its Decision 28 COM 14B.78, adopted at its 28th session (Suzhou, 2004),

3. Thanks the State Party of Serbia and Montenegro for the reports provided, concerning the progress in drafting of the management plan for the property initiated in 2003, and the concerns about the building of the "Verige" Bridge near the entrance to the Bay of Kotor;

4. Requests the State Party to provide the World Heritage Centre by 1 February 2006 with complementary detailed information on the Management Plan drafting and with a detailed report on the building project for the "Verige" Bridge near the entrance to the Bay of Kotor for examination by the Committee at its 30th session (Vilnius, 2006).