Photo by Alice Martignon
On June 26, 2009 the Dolomites were entered in the UNESCO World Heritage List due to their beauty and uniqueness and importance of scientific geological and geomorphologic level.
The UNESCO Convention on world heritage provides that cultural and natural heritage sites in various parts of the world and of universal significance should be preserved as heritage of humanity. The inclusion of the Dolomites in the World Heritage list is therefore an extraordinary recognition, but also involves strong commitment and responsibility for the protection and sustainable development of the Alpine region
The uniqueness of these mountains lies in their geological and landscape value, considered as expressing deeper and more alive to the identity of the territory, as a synthesis of man and environment, activities and uses, over the centuries and, with respect to which, the natural elements are indispensable.
This award represents the opportunity to share at territorial level a sustainable development project based on the idea of “mountain of identity”. Here the sense of limitation – together with the valorization of the territory and cultures – creates the feeling of people who inhabit the high altitude as responsible in securing the participation of all to convey the best goals and meanings.
Inclusion in the world heritage Dolomites is ultimately an extraordinary opportunity to reason about mountain issues and also territorial cultural specificities of the Dolomites. All of the themes to be addressed with new awareness and administrative responsibility to ensure over time the duration of the universal values which UNESCO has recognized here.
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