1.         Durmitor National Park (Montenegro) (N 100bis)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1980

Criteria  (vii)(viii)(x)

Year(s) of inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger  N/A

Previous Committee Decisions  see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/100/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0 (from 1981-1988)
Total amount approved: USD 117,000
For details, see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/100/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds

N/A

Previous monitoring missions

N/A

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Construction of a dam (issue resolved)

Illustrative material  see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/100/

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 1991

The Bureau was concerned that this Park, situated in Montenegro, was threatened by a proposed hydropower project which would affect water quality in the Tara River and flood portions of the Tara Canyon, which is one of the site's World Heritage values.

The Bureau was also concerned that the Government of Montenegro, which has authority over the Park, is constructing a large asphalt plant upstream beside the Tara River which is already causing some water pollution.

The Bureau requested the Yugoslav authorities to clarify the current status of plans for the development of the hydropower project and the asphalt plant. The recommendations of the Bureau were transmitted to the Permanent Delegation of Yugoslavia by letter of 13 August 1991.

Subsequently, the Secretariat had a meeting with the Yugoslav Delegation attending UNESCO's 26th General Conference, and was informed that a report on Durmitor had already been sent to the Secretariat. The Secretariat will report orally on its contents during the Committee meeting.

Analysis and Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre and IUCN

N/A

Decision Adopted: 15 BUR VI.47

The Bureau was informed that this site was threatened by a proposed hydropower project which would affect water quality in the Tara River and flood a portion of the Tara Canyon, which is one of this site's World Heritage values. The Bureau was also concerned that the Government of Montenegro, who have authority over the Park, is constructing a large asphalt plant upstream beside the Tara River which is already causing some water pollution. The Bureau requested the Secretariat to contact the Yugoslav authorities in order to clarify the current status of plans for the development of the hydropower project and the asphalt plant. At its next session, if the Committee finds, on the basis of information provided by Yugoslav authorities that the integrity of this site is seriously threatened, then it may request the Yugoslav authorities to nominate this site for inclusion in the List of World Heritage in Danger.

Decision Adopted: 15 COM VIII

Durmitor National Park (Yugoslavia)

The Committee was concerned about proposals for the construction of a hydro-electric dam on the Tara River which would flood the Tara Canyon and affect water quality of the River. A large asphalt plant upstream was already causing pollution of the river. The Committee recommended that the Yugoslavian authorities provide information on their plans to build a dam along the Tara River and the status of the asphalt plant and a description of their environmental impacts.