Year of inscription on the World Heritage List 1979
Year(s) of inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger 1991-1998
Previous Committee Decisions see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/95/documents/
Requests approved: 0
Total amount approved: USD 129,010
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UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds
Previous monitoring missions
November 1995: fact-finding mission
Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports
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Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 1996
In May 1996, the first European World Heritage Youth Forum took place in Dubrovnik. One hundred students and teachers from 22 European countries met and discussed World Heritage issues. They sent an appeal to the European Ministers of Culture who were meeting in Helsinki at the same time, asking for their help in order to preserve the European cultural heritage.
On September 5, 1996, the area of the Dubrovnik littoral was hit by a VIII Mercalli scale earthquake. The most affected area includes Dubrovnik itself and the nearby (10kms) village of Ston, a historic town on the Croatian Tentative List. In response to a request from the Croatian authorities, a fact-finding mission was sent to Dubrovnik. At the time of the preparation of this report, the report of the mission has not yet been presented.
Analysis and Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre, ICOMOS and ICCROM
The Committee may wish to take note of the mission report that will be presented during its session and take the appropriate action thereupon.
Decision Adopted: 20 COM VII.C.25
VII.2S Old City of Dubrovnik (Croatia)
On September 5, 1996, the area of Dubrovnik was hit by an earthquake. In response to a request from the Croatian authorities, a fact-finding mission was sent to Dubrovnik late November to survey the effects of the earthquake. The expert mission reported that the earthquake caused minimum damage in Dubrovnik. Only some cracks dating back to the earthquake of 1979 had deteriorated.
Very serious damage, however, was caused to the historical town of Ston, which is on the Croatian Tentative List. Inside the city walls nearly all buildings were damaged and several of them had collapsed. The Committee expressed its concern about the state of conservation of the town of Ston.
As to Dubrovnik, the Committee requested the State Party to submit, by 15 September 1997, an overall state of conservation report, in order for the Committee to consider at its twenty-first session whether Dubrovnik could be deleted from the List of World Heritage in Danger.