Conference ‘Balancing untouched nature with local cultures’ 11-13 september 2013. Clermont-Ferrand (France) DEADLINE: 15 May 2013


Balancing untouched nature with local cultures: how to manage inhabited natural sites inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List?

11-13 september 2013
Clermont-Ferrand (France)



The objective of this colloquium is to facilitate the dialogue between researchers, local actors, managers and experts in order to :

    – Review current knowledge and methods on the conditions for good management
of natural and inhabited sites
 with exceptional heritage value,

  • Discuss and improve on the main principles of management through participation

and involvement of the local actors and inhabitants,

  • Strengthen cooperation between registered or candidate sites.

The discussions will be in French and English thanks to a simultaneous translation service. In order to facilitate the discussion and debates, the number of participants is limited to 120.

Call for posters

In addition to the papers and case studies presented during the conference, is expected to enrich the discussion with poster presentations of practical experiences, covering both successes achieved and difficulties encountered, as well as comparative analyses, methodological syntheses, and accounts by stakeholders, experts and researchers. The objective of this call is to gather the greatest diversity of cases and situations that can then provide material for discussion during the concluding debate about the management of natural UNESCO World Heritage properties that are inhabited.

If you want to present a poster, you can submit your abstract up to May 15, 2013:

All persons who submit a summary will receive the decision of the scientific committee by email by June 15, 2013, at the latest.

The scientific committee will select the most interesting and innovative proposals from the submitted posters and invite them to contribute a 4-page text (2,000 words). This text will then be integrated into the conference proceedings after a further review by the scientific committee. In addition, the committee will select a number of the poster presentations to be written up as a longer text, which will be submitted with the speakers’ articles for publication in an international journal or in a special publication.

All the accepted posters will be printed by the organizers of the colloquium.

Contacts involved with the organisation

For more information, please contact:

Yves MICHELIN for scientific informations (Professor at Vetagro Sup)
+33 (0)4 73 98 13 59 / +33 (0)4 73 42 38 76

Charlotte MERLEN for other requests (Member of the world heritage service in the Local council of the Puy-de-Dôme)
+33 (0)4 73 42 38 90