1.         Durmitor National Park (Montenegro) (N 100bis)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1980

Criteria  (vii)(viii)(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/100/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0 (from 1981-1988)
Total amount approved: USD 117,000
For details, see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/100/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds

N/A

Previous monitoring missions

N/A

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Illustrative material  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/100/

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 Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre and IUCN

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."

Decision Adopted: 20 COM VII.D.42

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.