This Tuesday October 24th, representatives from the three countries bordering the massif, France, Italy and Switzerland met in a cross-border conference to sign a declaration of intention to apply for UNESCO world heritage status for the Mont-Blanc Massif.
This follows on from Chamonix council's unanimous decision in January to pursue world heritage status. Tuesday’s agreement marks the next step in that there is now official co-operation between the three bordering communities to start the application process.
This marks the start of a lengthy process for the three municipalities, key aims in this step will be to define the communities and regions to be covered by the heritage status, detail the three central pillars of sustainable development in and around the Mont Blanc Massif (safeguarding natural and cultural heritage, ensuring the well-being of the population and development of economic activity) and organise the human and financial resources needed for the project.
Since 1991, with the founding of the “Espace Mont-Blanc” the three bordering countries have been working together to develop the region, UNESCO heritage status will guaranteed global recognition and support of these efforts