A UNESCO protected site

Photo source: UNESCO

Photo source: UNESCO

In 1979, the UNESCO Committee decided to inscribe the Ohrid Lake on the World Heritage List under natural criteria (iii). In 1980, this property was extended to include the cultural and historical area, and cultural criteria (i)(iii)(iv) were added (source).

However the new amendments to the general urban plan for the city of Ohrid 2014- 2024 will urbanize and change the overall look of the city under UNESCO. In accordance with paragraph 172 of the Operational Guidelines, the UNESCO body responsible for the adoption of the relevant documentation, in this case the Municipality of Ohrid, is obligated to send an official letter to the Centre for World Heritage of UNESCO including the assessment of environmental impact and impact on cultural heritage before making any decision to change them.

In the released documents for amendments to the General Urban Plan Ohrid (2014-2024) there was no letter of communication with the Center for World Heritage of UNESCO, nor an opinion regarding the proposed changes. We would like to once again remind of these obligations under the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage.

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