On June 26th, 2009 in Seville, Spain UNESCO – the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization – has included the Dolomites in the “List of World Heritage Sites”.
This award was presented thanks to their beautiful and unique landscapes and scientific importance from the geological and geomorphological point of view. The list includes cultural and natural sites in 148 countries worldwide.
The “Friulian Dolomites” are part of one of the nine mountain ranges that have received this recognition.
The registration with the “List” took place as a serial resource since the Dolomites constitute a unitary whole, although articulated and complex, both in terms of geography-landscape and from a geological and geomorphological aspect as well.
The different dolomite systems represent a selected and exceptional set of geological and landscape features, characterized by an extraordinary representativeness and high levels of protection, all connected by a rich network of genetic and aesthetic relations.
It is thanks to the existence of the Friulian Dolomites Natural Park that there has been this recognition: the pre-existence of protection standards was one of the UNESCO requirements for the inclusion of the Dolomites in the “List of World Heritage Sites”.
The “Friulian Dolomites and Oltre Piave” system (almost entirely made up of the Friulian Dolomites Natural Park), is characterized by areas which are among the most pristine and wildest of the Dolomites: here an unchallenged nature dominates wonderful views.
The management of the “UNESCO Site” has been entrusted to the Foundation “Dolomiti-Dolomiten-Dolomites-Dolomitis UNESCO”, set up by the provinces of Belluno, Bolzano, Pordenone, Trento, Udine and the regions of Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia.
The Foundation aims to ensure the coordinated government of a “Site” articulated in the territory of more institutional areas, even different for kind of existing laws.