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

Total amount provided to the property: USD 40,000 by UNESCO Venice Office; USD 50,000 under the Participation Programme.

Previous monitoring missions

1996 and 2005: joint UNESCO / IUCN missions 

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

a) Proposed dam development on the Tara River;

b) Ski development in the Zabljak area;

c) Boundary issues;

d) Illegal logging and hunting.

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

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2008

In its Decision (31 COM 7B.29), the World Heritage Committee noted the State Party’s progress in addressing the recommendations of the 2005 reactive monitoring mission. However, in 2007 the World Heritage Centre received reports of a public tender for three small hydroelectric dams on the Tara River, issued in November 2007. A letter was sent to the State Party for clarification but no response was received. During a mission to Montenegro in February 2008, a representative of the World Heritage Centre met with the Ministers for Economic Development and for Environment and Tourism of Montenegro and raised the issue of the hydroelectric dams and potential impact on the property. The State Party was asked to provide further information.

In August 2007, fires occurred around Durmitor National Park although they did not affect the strictly protected zones within the World Heritage property. IUCN recommends that the State Party assess the risks to the values of the property in line with the Risk Reduction Strategy (Decision 31 COM 7.2) with particular emphasis on reducing the risks from fire.

Analysis and Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre and IUCN


Decision Adopted: 32 COM 7B.19

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-08/32.COM/7B,

2. Recalling Decision 31 COM 7B.29, adopted at its 31st session (Christchurch, 2007),

3. Regrets the fires which occurred in August 2007 in the vicinity of the property;

4. Encourages the State Party to include risk reduction in its management of the property, particularly in relation to the impact of fires on the Outstanding Universal Value of the property;

7. Requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2009, a clarification on the status and exact location of the hydro-electric dams for which tenders were issued in November 2007, a report on its management of risks to the values of the property, and a report on the overall state of conservation of the property, for review by the World Heritage Centre and IUCN.