UNESCO status within reach for Mediterranean Alps in Italy, France and Monaco

Monaco’s Government has reported that the candidacy for UNESCO World Heritage Site listing for the Mediterranean Alps has taken an important step forward.

On Friday, February 24, in Cuneo, Italy’s Minister of the Environment Gian Luca Galletti formalised the candidacy of the Mediterranean Alps, the file having been deposited by the Italian Minister a few weeks earlier with the UNESCO Secretariat in Paris.

The application is for a transboundary site covering an area of nearly 270,000 hectares, focused on geological values (UNESCO Criterion VIII). The perimeter of the area extends over land and sea and involves the three states of Italy, France and Monaco.

Elected officials from the 79 municipalities concerned (including 28 in Italy), all the directors of the Italian parks, the parliamentarians of the region and French and Monegasque representatives were present.

The Principality of Monaco was represented by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation’s Philippe Mondielli, Scientific Director of the Foundation and Hélène El Missouri, Project Director and Member of the Foundation’s Italian Branch.

“Do not be surprised at the success of this application. There are all the positive features here, all the desire to work together and a perfect marriage between environment and development that is not easy to find elsewhere,” Gian Luca Galletti said.


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