Inauguration of transboundary biosphere reserve honours twenty years of cooperation between France and Italy
The inauguration ceremony for the Mont Viso Transboundary Biosphere Reserve took place in Col Agnel on 6 July 2014. Mr Getachew Engida, Deputy Director-General of UNESCO, presented the certificate of designation to the local authorities of the two countries, Italy and France, in the presence of Ms Ségolène Royal, French Minister for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, and Ms Barbara Degani, Italian State Secretary of Environment and Protection of Land and Sea.
This designation honours over twenty years of cooperation between the Queyras and Po Cuneo parks and more than ten years of efforts and cooperation to make this transboundary biosphere reserve a reality. The reserve is based on strong historical and cultural relations between the mountain communities of both countries.