Why World Heritage?
In certain places in the Hoge Kempen, you can see thousands of years of history in one glance. Since mankind has always had a great impact on the landscape, what you see today is never 'pure nature'. For centuries, farmers have scraped the top layer and sheep have grazed the meadows. As a result, you can still admire vast purple heathland in the Hoge Kempen. The mining industry also left its mark on the landscape. From the mining-stone hills you can enjoy a beautiful panorama of the garden cities. Marvel at this patchwork in which geology, historical land use and industrial development can be read like a book. The pages are still visible and that is what makes the Hoge Kempen unique in a densely populated Western Europe. We are firmly convinced that the Hoge Kempen National Park and the adjacent mining sites deserve a place on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Are you with us?
Towards Unesco recognition
The National Park and the surrounding mining areas are on the UNESCO Indicative List of World Heritage Sites today. That is not synonymous with recognition as a World Heritage Site, but a candidate dossier is being prepared that maps out the entire area.
This extensive dossier requires a great deal of work and consultation with all parties concerned. After all, the boundaries of the World Heritage Area are also completely defined. Moreover, all relicts require good management. Questions can be addressed to the permanent point of contact of the project bureau.
The completed dossier will be assessed by the World Heritage Committee. This evaluation process takes one and a half years.