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Dolomites UNESCO World Heritage


Nature park Drei Zinnen / Tre Cime

On 26 June 2009 the Dolomites were inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list, which is the world’s highest distinction for a natural site. But it also entails a new sense of responsibility for this unique mountain region, which we are now duty bound to protect and preserve for all of humanity.

World heritage areas

Nature park Puez-Geisler / Puez-Odle

UNESCO has classified nine of the Dolomites mountain ranges as “serial world heritage properties,” which in South Tyrol are Drei Zinnen, Fanes-Sennes-Prags, Puez-Geisler and Schlern-Rosengarten nature parks, the Latemar mountains and Bletterbach river gorge natural monument.

Management plans for South Tyrol’s world heritage areas

Nature park Fanes-Sennes-Prags / Fanes-Senes-Braies

It is important to ensure that future generations will have the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the Dolomites. The management plans that we have elaborated provide us with a roadmap for conservation of our Dolomite world heritage.

Dolomiti-Dolomiten-Dolomites-Dolomitis UNESCO Foundation

Nature park Schlern-Rosengarten / Sciliar-Catinaccio

The Dolomiti-Dolomiten-Dolomites-Dolomitis UNESCO Foundation was founded on 13 May 2010 with the aim of making a contribution to the sustainable development of the Dolomites UNESCO world natural heritage site.


Logo of the Dolomiti-Dolomiten-Dolomites-Dolomitis UNESCO Foundation

Click here for information concerning the logo of the Dolomiti-Dolomiten-Dolomites-Dolomitis UNESCO Foundation.


Nature park Fanes-Sennes-Prags / Fanes-Senes-Braies

The process whereby the Dolomites were inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List was lengthy. A first attempt, begun in 1997, failed. It was not until more than a decade later, in June 2009, that the Dolomites were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Following is a brief account of how this came about.

UNESCO World Heritage Convention

UNESCO World Heritage Site Bletterbach

In 1972 UNESCO adopted an international treaty known as the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, which is the most important instrument that has ever been promulgated by humanity to protect its cultural and natural heritage.

Useful links

UNESCO World Heritage Site Latemar

The website of the Dolomiti-Dolomiten-Dolomites-Dolomitis UNESCO Foundation and UNESCO, as well as other useful world heritage related links.

For further study

Publications concerning the Dolomites UNESCO world heritage

Here you’ll find a list of our publications, films and audio recordings, as well as a brief bibliography concerning the Dolomites UNESCO world heritage.

(Last modified: 10/15/2012)