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

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

Information presented to the Bureau of the World Heritage Committee in 1993

The Committee, at its last session, noted that the authorities responsible for the management of this site are of the view that the proposed construction of a hydroelectric dam on the Tara River and the pollution of the River by an asphalt dam situated upstream along that River had minimal impacts on the conservation of Durmitor National Park. The Committee noted with satisfaction that the Montenegro authorities, in accordance with a recommendation made by the Bureau at its sixteenth session, had invited a UNESCO/IUCN mission to the site and had agreed to provide on-site briefing on the status of the dam construction proposal and pollution problems. The Committee was also concerned about recent reports regarding the threat due to a dam adjacent to the Tara River which, if breached, could spill large volumes of toxic materials into the River. As instructed by the Committee, the Centre has been in contact with the UNDP Resident Representative in Austria who is also the Co-ordinator for Bosnia-Herzegovinia, Croatia, Macedonia and Montenegro, with a view to making arrangements for a mission to this site in May-June 1993, when climatic conditions are suitable for field visits. Progress made in organizing this mission will be reported at the time of the seventeenth session of the Bureau.

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 1993

The Bureau recalled that the Committee, at its last session, noted that the authorities responsible for the management of this site are of the view that the proposed construction of a hydroelectric dam on the Tara River and the pollution of the River by an asphalt dam situated upstream had minimal impacts on the conservation of Durmitor National Park. The Bureau acknowledged the fact that the Montenegro authorities had invited a UNESCO/IUCN mission to the site and that this mission should be undertaken as early as possible in order to ensure the conservation of this World Heritage site.

In view of Resolution 757 of the UN Security Council, the UNESCO World Heritage Centre is still unable to proceed with the organization of the UNESCO/IUCN mission to Durmitor National Park.

 

Analysis and Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre and IUCN

N/A

Decision Adopted: 17 BUR VIII.2

The Bureau recalled that the Committee, at its last session, noted that the authorities responsible for the management of this site are of the view that the proposed construction of a hydroelectric dam on the Tara River and the pollution of the River by an asphalt dam situated upstream had minimal impacts on the conservation of Durmitor National Park. The Bureau acknowledged the fact that the Montenegro authorities had invited a UNESCO/IUCN mission to the site and that this mission should be undertaken as early as possible in order to ensure the conservation of this World Heritage site. However, the Bureau noted that given the current situation of conflicts within the former territory of Yugoslavia, and UNESCO's obligation to conform to Resolution 757 of the UN Security Council, the UNESCO World Heritage Centre was unable to proceed with the organization of the UNESCO/IUCN mission to Durmitor National Park. The Bureau therefore expressed the hope that the situation will change soon and the World Heritage Centre can proceed to organize this mission.