On June 26th 2009 the Dolomites were granted UNESCO World Heritage status in recognition of both their unique beauty and their geological significance. The UNESCO convention stipulates that areas of cultural and natural importance in every part of the world should be preserved for the benefit of all mankind, and the insertion of the Dolomites in the World Heritage List is therefore an extraordinary accolade and a fantastic opportunity for our region which brings with it a need to take responsibility for the protection and sustainable development of this splendid alpine region.
The UNESCO Dolomites symbolise our natural heritage, complex and diverse yet also offering a sense of togetherness. The nine Dolomites ranges collectively boast geological marvels and unique landscapes with a rich tapestry of geological and aesthetic connections.
The nine Dolomites ranges which make up this extraordinary “geological archipelago” cover five provinces (Belluno, Bolzano, Pordenone, Trento and Udine) and an area of 142,000 hectares in which four different, officially-recognised languages are spoken. The geographical location of the World Heritage Site across five provinces characterised by different institutional and administrative setups necessitated the founding, on May 13th 2010, of the Fondazione Dolomiti Dolomiten Dolomites Dolomitis UNESCO, with the aim of coordinating the management of the Site in order to ensure its needs are safeguarded.
Cadore is situated in the heart of the UNESCO Dolomites, centrally located with respect to three of the nine ranges: Pelmo-Croda da Lago; Dolomiti Friulane and d’Oltre Piave; and the northern Dolomites.