Who are we? Our mission, our goals
The Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley was declared World Heritage by UNESCO in 2004 thanks to the value of its landscape. The preservation of a large valley in its entirety is an unusual event and this is the only case that is found in the Pyrenees.
- 1 July 2004: At the meeting of the World Heritage Committee held in Suzhou (China) decides unanimously registration of Madriu-Perafita-Claror (VMPC) in the list of World Heritage Sites within the cultural landscape.
- 27 of October of 2005: the VMPC is declared of cultural interest of Andorra. It is protected by the Law of Cultural Heritage of Andorra.
- December 28, 2011: The management plan of the VMPC is approved, with the objective of setting clear objectives and planning the actions necessary to reach them.
The Management Committee is the principal management body for the Valley. It is formed by the Mayors of Encamp, Andorra la Vella, Sant Julià de Lòria and Escaldes-Engordany. Each parish maintains its jurisdiction over the portion of territory, but interventions in the valley are decided by unanimity of the four members of the Management Committee. And for any intervention, a prior and mandatory report from the Ministry of Culture is required.
The Management Plan is the governing document. Its purpose is the conservation, protection, dissemination, sustainable development and growth of the natural and cultural heritage of the Vall de Madriu-Perafita-Claror as well as all its values. In order to achieve this objectives, the studies and actions necessary for the identification and characterization of landscapes and their values are promoted to achieve their preservation, management and revaluation.
The Management Committee is advised by an Advisory Board.
It should be recalled that UNESCO has no competence over the Valley. UNESCO only sets standards to continue to maintain a good in the list of World Heritage, which are basically the protection and conservation of the property inscribed on the list. The State is regularly obliged to inform the World Heritage Committee of the conservation status of the property, which assesses its status and decides whether or not to remain on the list.
The managing body is composed of:
The members of the management Committee for the mandate 2020-2024 are:
– Deputy Mayor of Encamp, Hon. Mr. Jean Michel Rascagnères.
– Deputy Mayor of Andorra la Vella, Hon. Mr. David Astrié Padilla.
– Mayor of Sant Julià de Lòria, Hon. Mr. Josep Majoral Obiols.
– Mayoress of Escaldes-Engordany, Hon. Ms. Sra. Rosa Gili Casals.
The Advisory Board members are:
– Minister of Culture, M.I. Ms. Sílvia Riva González.
– Representative of the Private Owners Association of the Madriu, Ms. Meritxell Font Vilaginés.
– Representative of associations dedicated to the protection of nature, Mr. Carlos Iriarte Fraga.
– Secretary General of the Andorran National Commission for UNESCO, Mr. Jean Michel Armengol.
The Director of the Management Plan is Ms. Susanna Simon Torralba.
The letter M in blue represents glaciers, lakes and rivers. To highlight the feeling of depth and open space, the shape of the P recreates the mountains where we can even find traces of snow on the highest peaks of the valley. The warmth and human factor of the VMPC is represented by the C in yellow, which in addition to “closing” the design, forms a horizon to highlight the feeling of depth and large open space. With the superposition of the 3 letters, new elements appear (peaks, green spaces) and a mark that includes all the characteristic elements of the valley.