The result of the UNESCO listing procedure

At the end of January 2013, the French government decided to officially submit an application to list the cave on the UNESCO World Heritage List. This decision was a key milestone in the process that the general council of the Ardèche and the Rhône-Alpes region started with the French government and the Association for promoting the painted cave of Vallon Pont-d’Arc (known as Chauvet Cave).

After the independent consultative committee issued a favourable opinion on the Ardèche application, the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) finally received the approval of the UNESCO committee after an assessment process that lasted over 18 months. In Doha in Qatar, in 22 June, the painted Caverne du Pont-d’Arc became part of world heritage.

Pascal Terrasse, Hervé Saulignac and Richard Buffat, the 22 June in Doha (Qatar) (c) Robin Charbonnier – Le Dauphiné Libéré