prosecco-1In March 2016, Italy put forward “The art of Neapolitan Pizzaiuoli” to become UNESCO World Heritage property and now it is the turn of Prosecco. The Agriculture Minister, Maurizio Martina signed the application to enter the Venetian site of “The hills of Prosecco from Conegliano and Valdobbiadene” in the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage. The dossier will be examined tomorrow by the Italian National Commission for UNESCO, which will formally decide whether to send to Paris the candidacy to obtain the enrollment of the site by July 2018.

Minister Martina explains: “We support this candidacy because it strongly expresses Prosecco’s ability to enhance an agricultural land and promote Italy in the world. One of the strengths of the dossier is the positive coexistence between human labor and the ecosystem. We want to highlight the central role of farmers in the protection of biodiversity in the rural landscape. I hope that the Italian National Commission for UNESCO will confirm the political will to nominate this worthy site so to strengthen the Italian record within UNESCO, the first country in the world for World Heritage Sites.”

Work on the application started in 2009 under the coordination of the Ministry of Agriculture Food and Forestry Policies. In October 2010, UNESCO decided to enter the site of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene in the national proposals list. After much analysis and research, in March 2015 the site was listed in the National Register of Traditional Rural Landscapes, a necessary step for the candidacy in the UNESCO list.

Paolo Del Panta

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