This unique landscape, which represents the first natural French property listed in France and one of the few World Heritage tectonic properties, joins a prestigious list that includes the Grand Canyon, the Okavango Delta, Kilimanjaro or the Great Barrier Reef. coral.
This Tectonic Mecca has been recognized by UNESCO as an exceptional geological site. The volcanic alignment of the Chaîne des Puys and the Great Limagne Fault are witnesses to a colossal phenomenon that shapes the face of the Earth: the rupture of the continents. Like a natural theater, the site shows how the earth’s crust fractured, collapsed, allowing the magmas to rise and massively lifting the surface. This geological story is magnificently reflected in the landscape and accompanies the visitor’s imagination as he contemplates these verdant volcanoes and what could have been a new ocean.
Supported by the State, this inscription is the culmination of a long 11-year initiative initiated by the President of the Department of Puy-de-Dôme, Jean-Yves GOUTTEBEL. A true territorial project, the bid mobilized local authorities, businesses, associations and residents around the recognition and preservation of this exceptional natural heritage. The file was developed by the Puy-de-Dôme Departmental Council through a close partnership with local academics for the scientific component and the Auvergne Volcano Regional Nature Park for management.
This international recognition is part of more than 40 years of actions of protection and management of the site. It’s a great achievement for the community and the department.
This inscription is not an end in itself, on the contrary. It is now a matter of preserving and enhancing this exceptional site.