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Durmitor National Park

Montenegro
Factors affecting the property in 1992*
  • Localised utilities
  • Surface water pollution
  • Water infrastructure
Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports
  • Construction of a dam on the Tara river
  • Construction of an asphalt plant and the resulting water pollution
International Assistance: requests for the property until 1992
Requests approved: 4 (from 1981-1988)
Total amount approved : 117,000 USD
Missions to the property until 1992**
Information presented to the Bureau of the World Heritage Committee in 1992

At its last session, 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 Secretariat, through the assistance of the Permanent Delegation of Yugoslavia in UNESCO, has obtained reports which address the concerns of the Committee and has transmitted thsoe reports to IUCN for review. IUCN will report on the status of conservation of this site at the time of the meeting of the Bureau.

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 1992

The Bureau noted that the authorities responsible for the management of this site had submitted to the Secretariat several reports on the potential impacts of the proposed hydroelectric dam construction on the Tara River and the pollution of that river by a large asphalt plant situated upstream along the river. The Bureau was informed by the representative of IUCN that the Montenegro authorities maintained that the two problems mentioned above had minimal impacts on the conservation of Durmitor and that necessary measures to mitigate those impacts were being taken. However, the Bureau requested that the Secretariat contact the Montenegro authorities to know whether they would invite a joint UNESCO/IUCN mission and provide an on-site briefing on the status of the proposal to construct a hydroelectric dam on the Tara River and pollution caused to the same river by the asphalt plant.

The observations and recommendations of the Bureau were transmitted to the Director of Durmitor National Park, by letter of 14 August 1992. In his reply dated 29 September 1992, the Director of this Park has, in accordance with the wish of the Bureau, invited a joint UNESCO/IUCN mission to this site and ensured co-operation to facilitate the work of the experts who will undertake such a mission.

 

 

Analysis and Conclusion by World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies in 1992

The Committee may wish to discuss whether a UNESCO/IUCN mission to this site should be undertaken in early 1993.

Decisions adopted by the Committee in 1992
16 BUR V.30
Durmitor National Park (Montenegro, Yugoslavia)

The Bureau noted that the authorities responsible for the management of this site had submitted to the Secretariat several reports on the potential impacts of the proposed hydroelectric dam construction on the Tara River and the pollution of that river by a large asphalt plant situated upstream along the river. The Bureau was informed by the representative of IUCN that the Yugoslav authorities maintained that the two problems mentioned above had minimal impacts on the conservation of Durmitor and that necessary measures to mitigate those impacts were being taken. However, the Bureau requested that the World Heritage Centre contact the Yugoslav authorities to know whether they would invite a joint UNESCO/IUCN mission and provide an on-site briefing on the status of the proposal to construct a hydroelectic dam on the Tara River and pollution caused to the same river by the asphalt plant.

16 COM VIII
SOC: Durmitor National Park (Montenegro)

Durmitor National Park (Montenegro)

The Committee noted that the authorities responsible for the management of this site had submitted to the Secretariat several reports on the potential impacts of the proposed construction of a hydroelectric dam on the Tara River and the pollution of that river by a large asphalt plant situated upstream along the river. The Committee was informed that the Montenegro authorities maintained that the two problems mentioned above had minimal impacts on the conservation of Durmitor and that necessary measures to mitigate those impacts were being taken. In accordance with the Bureau recommendation, the Director of this Park has, in accordance with the wish of the Bureau expressed at its last session, invited a joint UNESCO/IUCN mission to this site and has 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 caused by a dam adjacent to the Tara River which, if breached, could spill large volumes of toxic material into the river. The Committee instructed the Centre to co-operate with the United Nations Protection Forces (UNPROFOR) to organize an international expert mission to this site and to make a report on the threats to its integrity and necessary mitigation measures to the seventeenth session of the Bureau.

No draft Decision

Report year: 1992
Montenegro
Date of Inscription: 1980
Category: Natural
Criteria: (vii)(viii)(x)
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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