State of Conservation (SOC)
Plitvice Lakes National Park (1991)
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The Bureau was concerned that the Park has been abandoned by its staff due to civil unrest in the region and that destruction of forests and park facilities, hunting of bears and dynamite fishing were occurring due to lack of supervision of the Park. The Bureau requested the Secretariat to convey its concern to the Yugoslav authorities and urge them to seek a speedy solution to the problem. The Bureau also suggested that if the situation in the region improved in the immediate future, then the Yugoslav authorities be requested to invite a joint IUCN/UNESCO mission to assess the state of conservation of this Park. These recommendations of the Bureau were transmitted to the Permanent Delegate of Yugoslavia by letter of 13 August 1991.
The Yugoslav Delegation, which is attending UNESCO's 26th General Conference, informed the Secretariat that the situation of the conflict in the region did not permit them to obtain any reliable information on the state of conservation of this site. The Permanent Delegate of Yugoslavia informed the Assistant Director-General for Culture that the Vice-President of Yugoslavia had announced in the Yugoslav Parliament that a mission from UNESCO would be welcome in his country. The Director-General has sent his personal representative to Yugoslavia and a mission will be arranged as soon as possible.
Analysis and Conclusion
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Plitvice Lake National Park (Yugoslavia)
The Committee expressed deep regret and concern regarding the effects of the civil unrest in the country on the status of conservation of this site. The Park has been abandoned by staff and there is no control of activities inside the Park. The Committee was appreciative of the various appeals launched by the Director-General of UNESCO for peace in the area and expressed the hope that conditions will return to normal soon to permit a joint UNESCO/IUCN mission to review damage and plan rehabilitation programmes.
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Inscription on the Danger ListYear: 1992 -1997
Threats to the Site:
Although the World Heritage values of the Plitvice Lakes National Park have not been adversely impacted by the war which broke out in the region in 1991, the Committee recognized that the potential resurgence of hostilities continued to prevail as a threat to the integrity of this site. Hence the Committee decided to inscribe this site on the List of World Heritage in Danger.
The threats indicated are listed in alphabetical order; their order does not constitute a classification according to the importance of their impact on the property.
Furthermore, they are presented irrespective of the type of threat faced by the property, i.e. with specific and proven imminent danger (“ascertained danger”) or with threats which could have deleterious effects on the property’s Outstanding Universal Value (“potential danger”).