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Massimo Preite:
The Nord-Pas-de-Calais coal-field as a cultural landscape capable of development - a challenge

The application of the Nord-Pas-de-Calais coal-field to be entered in the UNESCO list of the world's cultural heritage under the category of "cultural landscape capable of development" is a new experience in several respects, for one, with regard to its geographical dimensions, for another, with regard to its model character of "preserving through change", and finally, with regard to its system of organization and administration. Each of these three aspects changes our established ideas of landscape hitherto tied to existing traditions. This article elucidates the dimensions of the application against the background of the three aspects mentioned.