Local Communities and UNESCO Site: a course for administrators

The UNESCO Dolomites Foundation invited local administrators from municipalities, mountain unions, and valley communities to the second edition of the course on the role of administrations in managing the Dolomites World Heritage Site, held on 24 and 25 November. The first edition was held in the halls of the Province of Belluno, and now, thanks to the collaboration of the Paneveggio Pale di San Martino Natural Park and the local tourist board, Primiero (TN) will host the students, who will have the opportunity both to deepen their knowledge of the values that led to UNESCO recognition and to discuss awareness and related responsibilities, also in light of the adaptation measures made necessary by the effects of the climate crisis.

Val Venegia, Ph. Alberto Perer

Val Venegia, Ph. Alberto Perer

Lectures and workshops

Enrico Vicenti, Secretary General of the Italian National Commission for UNESCO, will also participate in the course, which starts on Friday 24 November, with a series of presentations providing participants with information on the distinctive geological, landscape, environmental, social, cultural and economic features of the World Heritage Site, with a focus on the role of the UNESCO Dolomites Foundation.

The second and third sessions on Saturday 25 November, will focus instead on the climate crisis, new challenges for managing the Property, and the role of local communities. The day will be dedicated to listening to individual local experiences and to group work coordinated by Skopìa, a company specialising in Future Studies and Anticipation.

The objectives

The course curriculum was developed in synergy with the Education and Scientific Research Network of the UNESCO Dolomites Foundation through tsm|step – School for Regional and Environmental Management” and in collaboration with the Paneveggio Pale di San Martino Natural Park. The aim is to provide administrators with the knowledge and keys needed to contribute to the conservation of the World Heritage Site and to identify local development strategies that take into account the many values characterising a UNESCO Site.

For more information, please contact the office organising the course: tsm|step – Scuola per il Governo del Territorio e del Paesaggio +39 0461 020028 – step@tsm.tn.it.