State of Conservation (SOC)
Plitvice Lakes National Park (1995)
Desired state of conservation for the removal of the property from the List of World Heritage in Danger
UNESCO Extra-Budgetary Funds
International Assistance granted to the property
Total Amount Ap proved:30,000USD
|1992||Expert mission to Plitvice to assess the damage caused by armed ...||30,000 USD|
February 1992: IUCN expert mission; September 1992: UNESCO/IUCN mission; September 1993: WHC/IUCN mission
Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports
- War in the region;
- Destruction of the forests and park facilities;
- Poaching of bears;
- Dynamite fishing.
Current conservation issues
The site was inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger in 1992. Missions to the site were carried out in 1992 and 1993.
The Committee at its eighteenth session decided to retain the site on the List of World Heritage in Danger and that another fact-finding mission to this area, particularly to the Korkaova Uvala Virgin Forest is to be scheduled for 1995-96.
The Centre received information from both the Permanent Delegation of the Republic of Croatia to UNESCO and the National Croatian Commission for UNESCO, that the site has been visited and that damage from the period of occupation was evident. The World Heritage Centre jointly with the authorities are now scheduling a management planning workshop for early 1996 which will address the future management of the Park.
The Bureau may wish to underline the need to review management planning for this Park with a recommendation that action should be taken to repair the serious damage to the infrastructure. The Bureau therefore recommends the Committee to retain the site on the List of World Heritage in Danger.
Link to the decision
VII.4 Plitvice Lakes National Park (Croatia)
The Committee recalled that the site was inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger in 1992 and that information was received from both the Permanent Delegation of the Republic _of Croatia to UNESCO and the Croatian National Commission for UNESCO, indicating that damage from the period of occupation was evident. The Committee furthermore noted that the site was reopened to the public on 10 August 1995 and that the Chairperson of the World Heritage Committee approved a request for emergency assistance (communications equipment) for an amount of US$ 30,000. Upon the granting of US$ 30,000, the State Party agreed to provide a contribution of US$ 60,000 for a total of US$ 90,000. The Centre informed the Committee that a management and planning meeting for the Park is scheduled for spring 1996.
The Committee took note of the report presented by the Secretariat and commended the State Party for its special contribution and endorsed the management and planning meeting for the Park scheduled for spring 1996. The committee decided to retain the site on the List of World Heritage in Danger until the region stabilizes.
The Bureau recommends the Committee to take note of the written information provided by the Secretariat and to adopt the following:
"The Committee commended the State Party for its special contribution and endorsed the management and planning meeting for the Park scheduled for Spring 1996. The Committee decided to retain the site on the List of World Heritage in Danger until the region stabilizes."
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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”).