UNESCO The inscription process : current status

The inscription process : current status


Launch of discussions by the President of the Local Council of the Puy-de-Dôme, first meeting with the Environment minister, and identification of decision-making procedure.


Feasibility study: meetings with scientists and international World Heritage specialists.


Establishment of a scientific network and institutional partners, signatory agreements by the partners on the drafting and collaborative support of the dossier.


Drafts of the first two dossiers for inscription onto the French Tentative List, and hearing by the French Committee for World Heritage Sites (CBFPM), which resulted in inscription onto the French Tentative List.


Conferences, workshops and public meetings to raise awareness of the inhabitants and project associates.
Completion of the application dossier in the UNESCO format, and the management plan.
Submission to the national bodies and hearing by the Committee for French sites in November 2011: unanimously favourable opinion by the members of the committee.


Implementation of the management plan and development of the international element (participation in international scientific conferences).


January: France selected the Chaîne des Puys-Limagne Fault and the Chauvet-Pont d’Arc applications to represent the State at the World Heritage Committee meeting in 2014.

Autumn: MINaH conference hosted at Clermont-Ferrand, on the theme of management of inhabited natural sites.
Field evaluation by two IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) experts.


June: The 38th World Heritage Committee decides to refer the application: recognition of the site’s outstanding universal value, but a request for further information, particularly concerning the management.


Meetings between representatives of the Chaîne des Puys, the State, the IUCN and UNESCO to prepare for the World Heritage Committee meeting in 2016.

Setting up of a collaboration between the Conseil Départemental of the Puy de Dôme and a local government in Ethiopia which intends to submit the Danakil Depression site to UNESCO.

Autumn : second field visit by the IUCN in the presence of international scientists, and the submission of a report to the State and the IUCN giving the opinion of the three international experts on the problems raised at the World Heritage Committee session in Doha.


January : a complementary dossier was submitted to the World Heritage Centre. It was drawn up by a multidisciplinary group working on the project based on the IUCN’s evaluation report from 2014, observations from the experts’ mission in 2015, and input from the international scientific committee.

End of May: new notice published by the IUCN based on the experts’ field visit report and the complementary dossier.

10-20 July : France will present the Chaîne des Puys-Limagne Fault and Corbusier dossiers at the 40th World Heritage Committee meeting. It is possible for both sites, which have different criteria and characteristics, to be inscribed on the List: there is not necessarily a winner and a loser.