1.         Srebarna Nature Reserve (Bulgaria) (N 219bis)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1983

Criteria  (x)

Year(s) of inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger    1992-present

Previous Committee Decisions  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/219/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0 (from 1994-1999)
Total amount approved: USD 41,000
For details, see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/219/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds

N/A

Previous monitoring missions

1992: 2 IUCN missions; October  1998: World Heritage centre / IUCN / Ramsar mission; October 2001: joint World Heritage Centre / IUCN / Ramsar mission;  February 2002: UNESCO/IUCN mission 

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Illustrative material  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/219/

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2002

Following the findings of the mission to the site from 1 to 4 October 2001 presented to the 25th session of the Committee, the Committee invited the State Party to finalize the management plan and confirm its adoption by the Government and to submit a calendar of activities for preparing a proposal for a transborder World Heritage area in the Danube Delta in cooperation with other concerned States Parties to the Convention. The Committee decided to remove Srebarna from the List of World Heritage Danger, effective from the date at which the State Party submits to the Centre, IUCN and the Ramsar Convention Secretariat, a copy of the approved management plan for the site and a letter committing core resources for the timely and effective implementation of the plan.

By letter dated 14 December 2001 the Ministry of Environment and Water informed the Centre that the Action Plan for Srebarna Nature Reserve has been approved by order NP-958 of 11 December 2001.

In February 2002, during an UNESCO/IUCN mission to review the status of conservation of the Pirin National Park and another World Heritage site of Bulgaria, the situation of Srebarna was also updated. A toxic spill during high water conditions of the Danube was threatening Srebarna and the mission alerted the authorities to the urgent acquisition of a suitable portable electric generator to enable Park staff to rapidly close the sluice gates to protect the site from possible catastrophic contamination and rapid destruction of World Heritage values. The mission noted that at its last session, the Committee had already made a recommendation for urgent purchase of such equipment and invited the State Party to submit, if necessary, an international assistance request for consideration under the Fund.  In her letter dated 29 March 2002 the Minister of Environment and Water confirmed that she would be requesting the recommended assistance. So far no request has been received.

Analysis and Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre and IUCN

N/A

Decision Adopted: 26 COM 21A.1

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Invites the State Party to shortly finalize the management plan and confirm its adoption by the Government and to submit a calendar of activities for preparing a proposal for a transborder World Heritage area in the Danube Delta in cooperation with other concerned States Parties;

2. Urges the State Party to take necessary action to purchase the portable electric generator to ensure the rapid closing of the sluice gates as and when needed and to minimize the risks of contamination from any future toxic spills;

3. Recommends that the site be removed from the List of World Heritage Danger, effective from the date at which the State Party submits to the Centre, IUCN and the Ramsar Convention Secretariat, a copy of the approved management plan, and a statement committing the necessary resources for the timely implementation of the plan.