The tentative list and the nomination of the Dolomites

Odle / GeislerOdle / GeislerThis Nomination Document is the answer to the Decision to defer the previous nomination of the Dolomites (2005) expressed by the World Heritage Committee during the Thirty-first Session Christchurch, New Zealand (23 June – 2 July 2007).
In detail, the World Heritage Committee having examined Documents WHC-07/31.COM/8B and WHC-07/31.COM/INF.8B.2, defers the examination of the nomination of The Dolomites, Italy, to the World Heritage List on the basis of criteria (vii) and (viii).
As outlined in the document licensed by the Word Heritage Committee at the end of the 29th session held in Durban, South Africa, in July 2005, Italy has proposed the Dolomites as one of the sites deserving consideration for a possible future nomination as a site of outstanding universal value.

The request was included in annex 1 of the Tentative List dated march 31st 2005, whereas the denomination ‘Dolomites’ is defined in annex 2 “Tentative List Submission in accordance with decision 27 Com 8a” and annex 3 (Properties accepted as meeting the requirements for Tentative List), within the scope of the broader denomination ‘Alps’, which also includes a) Western Alps and c) Eastern Alps, under the category ‘Natural Sites’.

This is in complete compliance with the procedure specified by article 64 of the UNESCO Convention, which stipulates that the nomination proper must be preceded by the compilation of a Tentative List constituting the “inventory of the
sites that each country deems appropriate for inscription in the World Heritage List”. States are therefore required to include in their respective Tentative Lists the names of all sites they consider to be cultural and/or natural heritage of outstanding universal value.

The Inter-ministerial permanent work group for the World Heritage List UNESCO, set up through collaboration between the Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali (Ministry of Cultural Heritages and Activities) and the Ministero dell’Ambiente e della Tutela del Territorio e del Mare (Ministry for Environment, Land and Sea), has acted effectively in this spirit. Indeed, the two ministries have already been considering nominating the Alpine Region as a serial cross-border site for some time.

The nomination documented in this dossier is the result of the work of the two ministries and the substantial efforts of five provincial authorities in the North-East of Italy.