Last night a unanimous decision was taken by Chamonix town council to start the procedure to list Chamonix and the Mont Blanc Massif on the UNESCO World Heritage sites list.
Chamonix is apparently the third most visited natural site in the world and, pollution episodes aside, the council feels that now is the right time to start their application.
The discussion as to whether or not to proceed has been raised plenty of times over the last ten years or so, in numerous cross-border meetings between teams in France, Italy & Switzerland, who form part of the project team.
France currently has 3 natural sites, 38 cultural sites and 1 mixed site on the UNESCO World Heritage List. If the Mont Blanc Massif were to be added as a natural site, it would join the likes of the Great Barrier Reef, the Galapagos Islands, the Serengeti, the Dolomites and the Swiss Alps to name a few. If these last two natural sites are already in the list then perhaps the Mont Blanc Massif stands a good chance?
Location: Chamonix / Mont Blanc Valley