Parco delle Alpi Marittime


Mercantour - Marittime

Atlante del Patrimonio Naturale e Culturale/Atlas du patrimoine naturel et culturel

A belt between the Mediterranean and the Alps, a passage and meeting place, a territory housing a great variety of animal species, many of them rare, and 2,500 botanical species including about forty endemic species: Argentera - Mercantour massif represents a place of extraordinary naturalistic and historical-cultural value. Situated at the south-western edge of the Alpine chain, it is protected on the French slope by Parc national du Mercantour and on the Italian slope by Alpi Marittime Nature Park: altogether, almost 100,000 hectares of protected nature.
Men have been living in these mountains since prehistory, as witnessed by the 36,000 rock engravings dating back to the Copper and Bronze Age we can admire in Valle delle Meraviglie and Valle di Fontanalba, and the two slopes of the southern Alps have been characterized over the centuries by very similar lifestyles, custom, and traditions - the base of the common identity of Marittime - Mercantour area.
This transfrontier atlas Alpi Marittime - Mercantour, a document prepared for the nomination to Unesco World Heritage Site, represents first of all a useful instrument for those who want to commit themselves, together with the two Parks, to the conservation and enhancement of an extraordinary alpine environment.
  • Author/s: AA.VV.
  • Publisher: Parco Naturale Alpi Marittime/Le Mercantour Parc National
  • Size: 26.5x31cm
  • Year: 2006
  • Price: 35.00 €  

Notes: In Italian and French.

Mercantour - Marittime
Mercantour - Marittime
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