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Durmitor National Park

Montenegro
Factors affecting the property in 1996*
  • Housing
  • Impacts of tourism / visitor / recreation
  • Management systems/ management plan
  • Surface water pollution
  • Other Threats:

    Fire

Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports
  • Construction of a dam on the Tara river (issue resolved)
  • Construction of an asphalt plant and the resulting water pollution (issue resolved)
  • Fire in June 1995 
International Assistance: requests for the property until 1996
Requests approved: 4 (from 1981-1988)
Total amount approved : 117,000 USD
Missions to the property until 1996**
Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 1996

At the invitation of the Yugoslav authorities, the World Heritage Centre carried out a mission to the site, inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1980. The mission reviewed the state of conservation of the site and damage at the Park Headquarters building in Zabljak caused by a fire in 1995, which destroyed library and reference collections. The building has since been reconstructed and is almost wholly refurbished and is now operational.

The rapid unplanned and uncontrolled expansion of the village of Zabljak and adjacent development including a large sport facility within the current World Heritage boundaries was identified by the local Park authorities as being a serious threat to the area; local authorities indicated that they had recommended a World Heritage boundary adjustment under the circumstances. International assistance had been received to mitigate the mine tailing threat to the Tara River Canyon portion of the World Heritage site by earthen containment structures within the earthquake prone flood plain.

Analysis and Conclusion by World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies in 1996

The Bureau may wish to adopt the following text and transmit it to the Committee for noting:

The Bureau (a) commends the State Party for its efforts to restore the Park Headquarters facility to operational level and to contain the Tara River Canyon mine tailings, (b) however, expresses its concerns over the rapid town development within the site and lack of investment in the Park infrastructure, (c) requests clarification of possible boundary adjustments under consideration, (d) considers a possible engineering evaluation of the mine tailing containment efforts, and (e) invites the State Party to encourage the Director of the Park to participate in network and training efforts with other World Heritage site managers in the region."

Decisions adopted by the Committee in 1996
20 COM VII.D.42
SOC noted by Committee: Durmitor National Park (Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro))

VII.42 Durmitor National Park (Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro))

The Bureau at its extraordinary twentieth session took note of the World Heritage Centre's mission to the site, inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1980. The mission reviewed the state of conservation of the site and damage at the Park Headquarters building in Zablj ak caused by a fire in 1995, which destroyed library and reference collections. The building had since been reconstructed, almost wholly refurbished and is operational.

The mission noted the rapid unplanned and uncontrolled expansion of the village of Zabljak and adjacent development and that international assistance had been received to mitigate the mine tailing threat to the Tara River Canyon portion of the World Heritage site by earthen containment structures within the earthquake prone flood plain. The Bureau considered the situation at the site and decided the following:

The Bureau (a) commended the authorities for their efforts to restore the Park Headquarters facility to operational level and to contain the Tara River Canyon mine tailings ; however, (b) expressed its concerns over the rapid town development within the site and lack of investment in the Park infrastructure; (c) requested clarification of possible boundary adjustments under consideration; (d) considered a possible engineering evaluation of the mine tailing containment efforts, and (e) invited the State Party to encourage the Director of the Park to participate in network and training efforts with other World Heritage site managers in the region.

Report year: 1996
Montenegro
Date of Inscription: 1980
Category: Natural
Criteria: (vii)(viii)(x)
Documents examined by the Committee
arrow_circle_right 20COM (1996)
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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