Property management plan and other management systems

A Management Framework is annexed with the nomination. The plan is proof of the commitment of the five provincial administrations, as indeed declared in a relative Programme Agreement, to harmonise the guidelines for the management of the portions of the nominated natural properties contained within their relative jurisdictions. The Management Framework is divided into two parts: the first briefly analyses the limits and opportunities that the candidate territory places on its planned management, specifies the objectives that the plan intends to pursue in the short and medium term on the basis of these and, consequently, lists the rules (guidelines) with which the Dolomite territory will be managed in order to guarantee its conservation and utilization for the benefit of future generations. The second part, however, proposes in full the management strategies conceived for the Dolomites, illustrating their meanings and detailing their actions.

The Management Framework consists of three main passages:

1 The Programme Agreement, which lays the foundations for the Co-ordinating Committee, the body bearing legal responsibility in front of Provinces, State and UNESCO for the actions carried out and directed at the conservation, management and utilization of the nominated property.

2 The definition of the objectives and strategies of application that are developed on three fields of action: conservation (countryside, geology and, in a broad sense, the natural environment), management (path network, refuges, routes with limited access) and improvement (communication and promotion of the property);

3 The arrangement of a draft Management Plan defining the actions to put the three fields of action into effect and establish how to harmonize the instruments of territorial planning both currently and in the futureand fixes the means of control (monitoring) to check that the applications are being implemented correctly.

The objectives that the Management Framework pursues via specific strategies are conservation, management and improvement of the nominated property.

The conservation strategy concerns the integrity of systems, whether the spectacularity of the Dolomite landscape and the quality of the environment, or the natural assets that distinguish its outstanding scenic values. The primary objective is the technical harmonization of the application of the protection regulations so that the plans or the institutional regulations of the parks are consistent with each other. The UNESCO Dolmites Committee will also establish the criteria for the monitoring of the nominated property in order to confirm the system status, the dynamics taking place and the territory’s carrying capacity, with the primary objective of guaranteeing the maintenance of the outstanding universal values which the candidacy is based on.

The Improvement strategies of the territory are made consistent with the conservation objectives. The idea is to communicate the strategic decisions to the local populations via instruments of communication, spreading knowledge about the value of the heritage and finding common cultural denominators that transcend the various differences between the valleys. In order to increase the protection and improvement of the Dolomites the plan foresees the involvement of the economic, cultural and institutional factors of the area. The aim is to activate new channels of communication through which messages to visitors can be sent regarding opportunities for conscientious access to the territory and its assets, promoting a gradual transition from “consumer tourism” to forms of “quality tourism/hiking”.

The Management framework also promotes in its management plans conventional forms of usage of primary resources, such as the forests and pastures at the base of Dolomite systems, to maintain wildlife habitats and to conserve the value of the landscape and the stability of the slopes. In order to achieve an optimum synchronisation of the control tools for conservation monitoring of the territory, it is deemed appropriate that the Management Framework be subject to triennial reviews (linked to UNESCO’s evaluation reports) and that it should have an overall validity which is commensurate with other territorial plans (usually a decade).