The site of the Dolomites comprises a mountain range in the northern Italian Alps, numbering 18 peaks which rise to above 3,000 metres and cover 141,903 ha. It features some of the most beautiful mountain landscapes anywhere, with vertical walls, sheer cliffs and a high density of narrow, deep and long valleys. A serial property of nine areas that present a diversity of spectacular landscapes of international significance for geomorphology marked by steeples, pinnacles and rock walls, the site also contains glacial landforms and karst systems. It is characterized by dynamic processes with frequent landslides, floods and avalanches. The property also features one of the best examples of the preservation of Mesozoic carbonate platform systems, with fossil records.
2017 Conservation Outlook
Current state and trend of VALUES
Overall PROTECTION and MANAGEMENT
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Description of values
Spectacular mountain landscape
Extremely varied limestone formations
Geological and fossil values of international significance
Long history of geological studies
Climate change has also been recognized as a significant and increasing factor in the most recent Periodic Report (State Party of Italy, 2014).
However, the boundaries of the property and its components are not well known by local residents and landowners (State Party of Italy, 2014).
|№||Organization/ individuals||Project duration||Brief description of Active Projects|
|1||MANAGING VISITOR ACCESS TO PROTECTED MOUNTAIN AREAS||
|The project aims to identify approaches for the sustainable management of protected mountain areas, by defining strategies of visitor access that preserve the environmental quality of such areas while ensuring adequate recreational opportunities.|
|№||Site need title||Brief description of potential site needs||Support needed for following years|
|1||Joint educational program||An educational program on World Heritage and the OUV of the property needs to be developed for schools of all the regions (Provinces).|
|1||Annual Budget 2016, Fondazione Dolomiti UNESCO (http://www.dolomitiunesco.info/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/B…)|
|2||CPTI11 - A. Rovida, R. Camassi, P. Gasperini and M. Stucchi (eds.), 2011. CPTI11, the 2011 version of the Parametric Catalogue of Italian Earthquakes. Milano, Bologna, http://emidius.mi.ingv.it/CPTI, DOI: 10.6092/INGV.IT-CPTI11|
|3||Guideline for Tourism, 2014, EURAC/ Fondazione Dolomiti UNESCO (http://www.dolomitiunesco.info/?pubblicazioni=linee-guida-d…)|
|4||Management progress report 2013, Fondazione Dolomiti UNESCO (http://www.dolomitiunesco.info/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/F…)|
|5||Management progress report 2015, Fondazione Dolomiti UNESCO (http://www.dolomitiunesco.info/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/F…)|
|6||Mission Report. Reactive monitoring mission, The Dolomites (Italy), IUCN, 2011. ID No. 1237 Rev, IUCN 2008 (http://www.dolomitiunesco.info/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/I…)|
|7||Nomination of the Dolomites for inscription on the WHL, Province di Belluno, Bolzano, Pordenone, Trento, Udine, 2008.|
|8||OMS 2016, Overall Management Strategy 2016, Fondazione Dolomiti UNESCO (http://www.dolomitiunesco.info/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/D…|
|9||State Party of Italy (2014). Periodic report.|
|10||State Party of Italy (2017). State of the Conservation of the Property, 2017, Fondazione Dolomiti UNESCO|
|11||WORLD HERITAGE NOMINATION – IUCN TECHNICAL EVALUATION, THE DOLOMITES (ITALY) – ID No. 1237 Rev, IUCN 2008Mission Report. Reactive monitoring mission, The Dolomites (Italy), IUCN, 2011|