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Durmitor National Park

Montenegro
Factors affecting the property in 1991*
  • Localised utilities
  • Surface water pollution
Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports

Construction of a dam (issue resolved)

International Assistance: requests for the property until 1991
Requests approved: 4 (from 1981-1988)
Total amount approved : 117,000 USD
Missions to the property until 1991**
Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 1991

The Bureau was concerned that this Park, situated in Montenegro, was threatened by a proposed hydropower project which would affect water quality in the Tara River and flood portions of the Tara Canyon, which is one of the site's World Heritage values.

The Bureau was also concerned that the Government of Montenegro, which has authority over the Park, is constructing a large asphalt plant upstream beside the Tara River which is already causing some water pollution.

The Bureau requested the Yugoslav authorities to clarify the current status of plans for the development of the hydropower project and the asphalt plant. The recommendations of the Bureau were transmitted to the Permanent Delegation of Yugoslavia by letter of 13 August 1991.

Subsequently, the Secretariat had a meeting with the Yugoslav Delegation attending UNESCO's 26th General Conference, and was informed that a report on Durmitor had already been sent to the Secretariat. The Secretariat will report orally on its contents during the Committee meeting.

Decisions adopted by the Committee in 1991
15 BUR VI.47
Durmitor National Park (Yugoslavia)

The Bureau was informed that this site was threatened by a proposed hydropower project which would affect water quality in the Tara River and flood a portion of the Tara Canyon, which is one of this site's World Heritage values. The Bureau was also concerned that the Government of Montenegro, who have authority over the Park, is constructing a large asphalt plant upstream beside the Tara River which is already causing some water pollution. The Bureau requested the Secretariat to contact the Yugoslav authorities in order to clarify the current status of plans for the development of the hydropower project and the asphalt plant. At its next session, if the Committee finds, on the basis of information provided by Yugoslav authorities that the integrity of this site is seriously threatened, then it may request the Yugoslav authorities to nominate this site for inclusion in the List of World Heritage in Danger.

15 COM VIII
SOC: Durmitor National Park (Yugoslavia)

Durmitor National Park (Yugoslavia)

The Committee was concerned about proposals for the construction of a hydro-electric dam on the Tara River which would flood the Tara Canyon and affect water quality of the River. A large asphalt plant upstream was already causing pollution of the river. The Committee recommended that the Yugoslavian authorities provide information on their plans to build a dam along the Tara River and the status of the asphalt plant and a description of their environmental impacts.

No draft Decision

Report year: 1991
Montenegro
Date of Inscription: 1980
Category: Natural
Criteria: (vii)(viii)(x)
Documents examined by the Committee
arrow_circle_right 15COM (1991)
Exports

* : 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”).

** : All mission reports are not always available electronically.


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