1.         Plitvice Lakes National Park (Croatia) (N 98bis)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1979

Criteria  (vii)(viii)(ix)

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/98/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0
Total amount approved: USD 0
For details, see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/98/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds

N/A

Previous monitoring missions

N/A

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Illustrative material  see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/98/

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 1991

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 Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre and IUCN

N/A

Decision Adopted: 15 BUR VI.48

The Bureau was concerned that this Park has been abandoned by the staff due to the 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 any 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 Yugoslavian authorities be requested to invite a joint IUCN/UNESCO mission to assess the state of conservation of this Park. The findings of the joint consultancy mission, if it is undertaken before the forthcoming session of the Committee should be reported to the Committee.

Decision Adopted: 15 COM VIII

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.