State of Conservation (SOC)
Pirin National Park (1991)
UNESCO Extra-Budgetary Funds
International Assistance granted to the property
Total Amount Ap proved:0USD
Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports
Development of a hotel and a ski resort (issue resolved)
Current conservation issues
The Bureau was pleased to note that a major expansion of this site was under consideration by the Bulgarian authorities. The Bureau also noted the comment of the IUCN representative to the effect that there was great potential for establishing a transborder site with Greece by including areas adjacent to Pirin in Greece.
The Bureau's recommendations were transmitted to the Bulgarian as well as the Greek Delegations to UNESCO. The Greek Delegation to UNESCO has contacted the Secretariat to obtain information on examples of transborder sites which are already inscribed on the World Heritage List. The Bulgarian Delegation has indicated their interest in consulting with IUCN in order to fully study the implications of establishing such a transborder site.
Analysis and Conclusion
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Pirin National Park (Bulgaria)
The Committee noted that the Bulgarian authorities were considering a major expansion of this site to include the area of the Rhodope Mountains and recognized the potential for establishing a transfrontier site with Greece that could be one of the most outstanding sites of Europe. The Committee encouraged the Bulgarian authorities to proceed with the extension of Pirin National Park and submit a nomination for the extension of the site. The Committee also requested the Secretariat to contact the Greek authorities to obtain their views on the possibilities for establishing a transfrontier site.
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Pirin National Park
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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”).