The management strategy is a combination of advanced models for interpreting and monitoring the natural environment and the more traditional models of local government.
However, the overall strategy for the property is more than just the sum of the different forms of management.
The basic concept is networked management in which the various ways of governing the territory are linked together in a network with the aim of enhancing those specific forms. The overall management strategy acts as a multiplier, making each individual management operation more effective and facilitating exchange and the creation of synergy between the territories in a dynamic system, taking into consideration the fact that each form of local government has developed as the best response to the particular nature and needs of that particular territory.
The five operating networks are the instruments that enable the Foundation to implement the participatory process whose aim is to draw up plans of action for managing this serial property in its entirety.
The purpose of the overall management strategy is to maintain the universal values of the property, concentrating on three principal themes: conservation, communication and enhancement. The goals within each of these themes have been set on the basis on the experience gained in governing the territory, in territorial and landscape planning and finally, the management of the protected areas and sites belonging to the Natura 2000 network.
1.01 Landscape heritage conservation strategy
1.02 Geological-geomorphological heritage conservation strategy
1.03 Tourist flow management strategy
2.01. Interprovincial and interregional communications strategies and instruments
2.02. Information strategy
2.03. Education strategy
3.01. Sustainable development strategy
3.02. Research strategy
Clearly conservation is the primary theme of the entire strategy with two equally important aspects. The first is conservation of the landscape heritage, ensured by the vast network of parklands and protected areas, making up respectively 71% and 94%. Secondly there is conservation of the geological and geomorphological heritage, consisting of coordinated action to study, map and monitor this, as is already being done by such competent entities as local administrations, research centres and museums, that are present and active in the various territories.
Communications are equally important, involving the constant updating of the information resources associated with the property and its management, such as websites and information portals. Education however, is even more vital, directed at a number of different recipients in organisations, civil society and schools, in order to promulgate a knowledgeable, responsible and shared vision of the property.
Enhancement is achieved through actions inspired by the concept of sustainable development in order that development takes place within a framework that preserves the distinctive local flavour. This requires careful management of the Dolomites brand, scientific research into the values of the property, with a particular emphasis on projects involving international cooperation on matters relating to UNESCO World Heritage Sites, all of which naturally leads to setting up a network of actors and knowledge.