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UNESCO: Serracchiani call on Pahor, for Collio-Brda

"Culture and nature are a country's pride and development factor

12 September, 19:42
(ANSA) - TRIESTE - The president of the Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia, Debora Seracchiani, sent a message to Slovenia's, Borut Pahor, and Foreign Minister, Karl Erjavec, focusing on the cross-border application to become a world heritage of the Humanity Unesco for the site ''Rural Landscape Collio (Italy) and Brda (Slovenia) between Isonzo and Judrio'', implementing the memorandum of understanding signed on April 18, 2015, by all the Italian and Slovenian Municipalities of the Collio-Brda area. Serracchiani talked about this issue today in Trieste - the Regional Council reported through a press release - during a meeting with the delegation of mayors of Collio, also attended by regional Councillors Mariagrazia Santoro (Territory), Gianni Torrenti (Culture) and Cristiano Shaurli (Agricultural Resources).

''Culture and nature - Serracchiani wrote in this message to Pahor - are a country's pride and can also be a development factor if the approach to these values is attentive and respectful''. These features are shown in the Collio-Brda application project.

''You do not need me to describe'' Serracchiani continued ''the natural and cultural heritage of this territory, linked to a truly unique landscape, with its peculiar cross-border features, such as multilingualism and local traditions'' .

Before the mayors, Serracchiani explained that, ''just like we did for Palmanova's candidacy, we will try to support the Collio area even with a diplomatic action, in order to start with Slovenia a dialogue that could be useful for the final dossier presentation''. Santoro, who's president of the Dolomiti Unesco Foundation, explained that rural landscape is a crucial factor for this candidacy, especially for those economic processes which can enhance development in a specifica area. ''UNESCO recognition - Santoro underlined - is linked to a value that must be valid for all humanity and therefore the challenge is to be able to present ourselves in the best light possible''.

Shaurli said that the FVG president's letter to Slovenian leadership represents a major step towards the participation of the neighbouring country to a candidacy that is real and not formal. In addition, Shaurli confirmed to the mayors the availability of a regional economic support line for the candidacy. The mayor of Dolegna del Collio (Gorizia), Diego Bernardis, said he is satisfied with this step, and recalled the protocol he signed along with the other municipalities involved in this project, the Cassa di risparmio (Bank) and the then Chamber of Commerce of Gorizia, aiming at candidacy as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. By committing himself - on behalf of the partners - to providing the Region with documentation that is suitable to be submitted to institutional sites, the mayor stated that this meeting confirmed that the project is good, aiming to join the Tentative list in the 2018. The meeting was also attended by Palmanova mayor, Francesco Martines, since his city received the UNESCO recognition this year. ''It is essential, Martines said, to immediately start a dialogue with the Culture Ministry in order to create a relationship and a collaboration which is essential to achieve this goal''.

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