The long journey from concept to nomination

16 years have passed between the listing of the Mining and Cultural Landscape Erzgebirge in the official German tentative list in 1998 and the joint submission of the nomination by the Federal Republic of Germany and the Czech Republic in 2014.

In 2000, the World Heritage project group was founded at the Institute for Industrial Archaeology, History of Science and Technology (IWTG) at Freiberg University of Mining and Technology. After the project group’s study confirmed the potential for the inscription of the Erzgebirge Mining Region on the World Heritage List as a cultural landscape in December 2001, the plan was realized step by step: to provide support for the project’s objective and finance, the association Förderverein Montanregion Erzgebirge was formed in 2003. In the very same year, the first contacts with the Czech Republic were made.

Between 2007 and 2012, the intended World Heritage monuments in the Saxon and Czech parts of the region were selected and described in implementation studies carried out in part within the framework of a transboundary EU development project.

With the founding of a non-profit organising institution with the involvement of two districts on the Czech side in 2010 (Montanregion Krušné hory – Erzgebirge gGmbH) and the takeover of the organisation one year later on the Saxon side by three administrative districts and 35 communities (Welterbekonvent Erzgebirge), organising and financing the nomination phase became the region’s responsibility.

Starting in 2012, the project group at the IWTG prepared the complete World Heritage nomination dossier under the supervision of a transboundary working group and the overall direction of the competent ministries. As a result of this collaboration, the German-Czech World Heritage nomination dossier for the Mining Cultural Landscape Erzgebirge/Krušnohoří was finalised in 2013, signed by the two State Parties in January 2014 and submitted to the UNESCO World Heritage Centre in Paris.

After a successful evaluation period in 2015 there was an intensive coordination with the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) the end of November 2015. The dignity of the proposal was confirmed. However ICOMOS encouraged a clarification or qualification of the documents to improve the chances of a successful inscription in to the World Heritage List.

Therefore the nomination was withdrawn in 2016. The aim is it now to submit the revised nomination documents at the next opportunity (in February 2017).