In 2009 UNESCO listed the Dolomites as a World Heritage Site. This is a complex property both in terms of its geography and its administration, consisting of 9 systems covering a total area of 142,000 hectares located in 5 Italian provinces and 3 regions. With the agreement of UNESCO, the Foundation was set up in 2010, its mission to ensure the efficient management of this serial property, promoting its sustainable development and encouraging the various local authorities, all with their different administrative frameworks, to work in partnership.
The mission of the UNESCO Dolomites Foundation
The Foundation is the single point of contact with the Italian Ministry for the Environment and with the UNESCO World Heritage Site Committee and its job is to encourage communication and collaboration between the local authorities that manage and administer, according to their individual regulatory frameworks, the territory recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
While the provincial and regional authorities each retain their own administrative and governmental powers according to current legislation, the Foundation plays a fundamental role in coordinating and harmonising management policies for the Dolomite property, with the aim of devising a common strategy.