1.         Danube Delta (Romania) (N 588)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1991

Criteria  (vii)(x)

Year(s) of inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger  N/A

Previous Committee Decisions  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/588/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0 (from 1990-1991)
Total amount approved: USD 11,000
For details, see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/588/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds

N/A

Previous monitoring missions

N/A

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Need to establish a legislative framework for the protection of the site

Illustrative material  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/588/

Information presented to the Bureau of the World Heritage Committee in 1993

The Committee, at its last session, recalled that when this site was inscribed on the World Heritage List, it requested IUCN and the Secretariat to submit a progress report at its sixteenth session. The Committee was concerned that despite assurances given at its fifteenth session by the Representative of Romania, the final steps in the process to establish a legislative framework for this site have not yet been completed. As instructed by the Committee, the Centre reminded the Romaninan authorities of the assuarances they gave the Committee, at its fifteenth session, and urged them to finalize the process to establish a legal framework for the protection of the site. The Secretary of State of the Ministry of Waters, Forests and Environmental Protection, by letter of 5 March 1993, informed the Centre that the draft of the law concerning the establishment of the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve has already been prepared and included as part of the working agenda of the Parliament. He hoped that the draft will be approved soon and has assured that he will inform the Centre once this law has been passed.

The Danube Delta World Heritage site will also benefit from the Danube River Basin Environment Programme which is expected to be financed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. IUCN has been assigned the task of implementing the technical assistance component of the Programme and a representative of IUCN will provide detailed information on the Programme at the time of the seventeenth session of the Bureau.

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 1993

The Bureau noted that the Danube Delta World Heritage site will benefit from the Danube River Basin Environment Programme which will be financed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and implemented with technical advice from IUCN. The Representative of Romania informed the Bureau that a new research institution for the Danube Delta has been established and will undertake studies relevant to the conservation of the Danube Delta.

The World Heritage Centre is still awaiting confirmation of proposed new legislation. IUCN will report in detail about new developments.

Analysis and Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre and IUCN

N/A

Decision Adopted: 17 BUR VIII.2

The Bureau recalled that the Committee, at its last session, drew the attention of the Romanian authorities to the fact that they were yet to complete the final steps to establish a legislative framework for this site, despite the assurances of the Representative of Romania to the fifteenth session of the Committee in December 1991, when the Delta Danube was inscribed on the World Heritage List. The Bureau was informed that the Ministry.of Waters, Forests and Environmental Protection of Romania has prepared the draft of the law concerning the establishment of the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve and included it as part of the working agenda of the Parliament and that this draft will be considered soon.

The Bureau noted that the Danube Delta World Heritage site will benefit from the Danube River Basin Environment Programme which will be financed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and implemented with technical advice from IUCN.

The Representative of Romania informed the Bureau that new research institution for the Danube Delta has been established and will undertake studies relevant to the conservation of the Danube Delta. The Bureau requested the Romanian authorities to inform the Centre when the Parliament has approved the draft law and encouraged them to co-operate with the Centre to prepare a technical assistance project for the conservation of the Danube Delta. IUCN and other non-governmental organizations should be involved to the extent possible.