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Dolomites named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site

The application to UNESCO was submitted jointly by the Italian provinces of South Tyrol, Trentino, Pordenone, Belluno and Udine.

The application to UNESCO was submitted jointly by the Italian provinces of South Tyrol, Trentino, Pordenone, Belluno and Udine. © pixelio/uwe vahle

At its 33rd meeting held on 26th June 2009 in Seville, Spain the UNESCO World Heritage Committee approved the application from the Dolomites/I to be included in the list of "Natural World Heritage Sites of universal value" thus according it the highest worldwide status for a natural site.
The Dolomites' application for world heritage site status covers regions in five Italian provinces.
The naming of the Dolomites as a world heritage site will bring international recognition for all the regions and will also have a positive effect on tourism. At the same time however, the world heritage site designation will involve a more significant commitment to protecting the natural environment and landscape, in order to preserve them for posterity. The Dolomites have been included in the UNESCO list for their "unique monumental beauty" and not for just one partial feature, as is the case in other regions, according to the South Tyrol Provincial Minister, Michl Laimer. There can be absolutely no doubt that the Dolomites are spectacular in appearance and unique in their geology. They are a paradise for nature lovers and mountaineers and the habitat of numerous wild animals and rare plants.
Source: http://de.alparc.org/nachrichten (de/it/fr/sl/en)