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 1979-1979)
Total amount approved: USD 20,000
For details, see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/125/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds


Previous monitoring missions


Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

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

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 1979

1.  The Yugoslav authorities have proposed the inscription of the Kotor natural, cultural and historical region on the World Heritage List and on the List of World Heritage in Danger and have requested the Secretariat to submit their proposal to the Bureau at its third session for its consideration.

2.  The nomination of Kotor to the World Heritage List has been translated and reproduced and is submitted to the Bureau. The Secretariat has transmitted this nomination to ICOMOS for evaluation.

3.  With respect to the proposal tc inscribe Kotor on the List of World Heritage in Danger, the Yugoslav authorities communicated a dossier to the Secretariat at the beginning of 0ctober 1979, which describes the damage caused to Kotor by the earthquake which struck the whole Montenegro region in April 1979 and provides details on the work that is necessary. This dossier has been transmitted to ICOMOS for comments and is submitted to the Bureau for its consideration (since the dossier was received very late it has not been possible to translate it).

4  It is recalled that Article 11(4) of the Convention stipules that the Committee shall establish, keep up to date and publish, whenever circumstances shall so require, under the title of '"List of World 'Heritage in Danger", a list of the property appearing in the World Heritage List for the conservation of which major operations are necessary and for which assistance has been requested under this Convention. The Secretariat informed the Yugoslav authorities that, according to the terms of the Convention, a technical co-operation request was a pre-requisite for the inclusion of Kotor on the List of World Heritage in Danger. To date, no request for assistance under the Convention for the site of Kotor has been received from the Yugoslav authorities.


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


Decision Adopted: 3 BUR XI.19

The Bureau decided to recommend that this site be entered on the two lists provided that the Committee agreed with a special procedure for the emergency inscription of properties on the World Heritage List.

The Bureau decided that the technical cooperation request should be examined after the Committee had taken decisions on the above mentioned matters.

Decision Adopted: 3 COM XII.46

The Committee decided to enter in the World Heritage List the following 45 properties:

No. Name of property / State Party

19 Fasil Ghebbi, Gondar Region / Ethiopia

20 Ancient City of Damascus Syrian / Arab Republic

The Committee noted the reservation expressed by ICOMOS concerning the threat to the site from rapid urban development.

31 Auschwitz concentration camp / Poland

The Committee decided to enter Auschwitz concentration camp on the List as a unique site and to restrict the inscription of other sites of a similar nature.

33 Bialowieza National Park / Poland

34 Forts and Castles, Volta Greater Accra,Central and Western Regions / Ghana

36 Medina of Tunis / Tunisia

37 Site of Carthage / Tunisia

38 Amphitheatre of El Jem / Tunisia

39 Ngorongoro conservation area / Tanzania

42 Boyana Church / Bulgaria

43 Madara Rider / Bulgaria

44 Thracian tomb of Kazanlak / Bulgaria

45 Rock-hewn churches of Ivanovo / Bulgaria

58 Urnes Stave Church /  Norway

59 Bryggen / Norway

63 Virunga national park / Zaire (Democratic Republic of Congo)

64 Tikal national park / Guatemala

The Committee learned of a tourism development project in the park and expressed the hope that the planned construction would not jeopardize the cultural and natural value of the site.

65 Antigua Guatemala / Guatemala

71 Dinosaur provincial park / Canada

72 Kluane national Park, Wrangell-
St. Elias National monument / Canada & USA

75 Grand Canyon national park / USA

76 Everglades national park / USA

78 Independence Hall / USA

80 Mont St-Michel and its Bay / France

81 Chartres Cathedral / France

83 Palace and Park of Versailles / France

84 Vezelay, Church and Hill / France

85 Decorated grottoes of the Vezere Valley / France

86 Memphis and its Necropolis - the Pyramid fields from Giza to Dahshur / Egypt

The Committee took note of the ICOMOS proposal that a safeguarding plan for the environment of the pyramids should be drawn up.

87 Ancient Thebes with its Necropolis / Egypt

88 The Nubian monuments from Abu Simbel to Philae / Egypt

89 Islamic Cairo / Egypt

Note was taken of the concern expressed by ICOMOS at the problems involved in safeguarding this site.

90 Abu Mena / Egypt

94 Rock drawings in Valcamonica / Italy

95 Old City of Dubrovnik / Yugoslavia

96 Stari Ras and Sopocani / Yugoslavia

97 Historical complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian / Yugoslavia

98 Plitvice lakes national park / Yugoslavia

99 Lake Ohrid (that part which lies in Yugoslavia) / Yugoslavia

The Committee decided to inscribe this site on the List in view of the assurances received concerning the integrity of the Lake as a whole.

113 Tchogha Zanbil /  Iran

114 Persepolis / Iran

115 Meidan-e Shah Esfahan / Iran

120 Sagarmatha National Park / Nepal

121 Kathmandu Valley / Nepal

125 Natural and Culturo-Historical Region of Kotor / Yugoslavia

Following the recommendation of the Bureau, the Committee decided to enter this site in the List of World Heritage in Danger as requested by the State Part concerned.


Decision Adopted: 3 COM XVII..b).60

Note was taken of the request from Yugoslavia for emergency assistance, in the form of equipment and consultant services, for the Natural and Culturo-historical region of Kotor. However, the Committee felt that further information should be made available on the equipment required and decided to grant in the first instance $20,000 for consultant services.