UNESCO Major stages of the candidature

Major stages of the candidature

11 years of the project summarised into key dates


Launch of the project by Jean-Yves Gouttebel, President of the local council of the Puy de Dôme


Feasibility studies on the project and the site’s values


Establishment of local partnerships to constitute and back the candidature: unanimous support from the local authorities and the State


Submission of the dossier for candidature on the French indicative list, and first hearing by the Committee for French World Heritage Sites


Writing up of the full candidature dossier and development of a relevant management plan

November 2012

Oral presentation, resulting in a favourable response by the Committee for French World Heritage Sites

January 2013 – Spring 2014

First submission of the dossier to UNESCO followed by 18 months of international evaluation by the IUCN (both in the office and on site)

May 2014

First recommendation of non-inscription by the IUCN, leading to unprecedented reaction by foreign scientists and international geological associations

July 2014 

Decision by the 38th World Heritage Committee to refer the inscription, accompanied by a request for independent experts to resolve the disagreements between the scientific community and the IUCN

2015 – 2016

Referral phase: favourable report by the Independent Technical Mission mandated by the Committee. Second negative evaluation by the IUCN despite the findings of this report

July 2016

Decision by the World Heritage Committee at Istanbul: the negative opinion of the IUCN was not taken up; instead a second referral was accorded with explicit recognition of the “potential of the OUV” on the basis of the geological criterion

2016 – 2018

Second referral phase in preparation for the final examination of the Chaîne des Puys-Limagne Fault candidature during the 42nd World Heritage Committee, including detailed discussions with the IUCN and the World Heritage Centre