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The outstanding universal value of the Coalfield is now officially recognized by UNESCO.

 Indeed, the Coalfield was registered on the World Heritage List, during the late June 36th session of the World Heritage Committee.

This is the 38th French Asset to be registered on the prestigious World Heritage List which approximatively covers one thousand properties as a whole.


 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1250 developed and neo-natural sites are identified there thanks to numerous inventories conducted, since 2003, by the Mission Bassin Minier Nord-Pas de Calais (Nord-Pas de Calais coalfield land-planning Agency), in close cooperation with the "Bassin Minier Uni " association (the association in charge of the Nord-Pas de Calais coalfield nomination for the registration on the World Heritage List).

For about 120 kilometres, pitheads, spoil heaps and housing estates, connected by the network of old mine railway tracks, make up a quite specific and diverse cultural landscape, shaped by 270 years of quasi-single coalmining industry. Coal, which was mined in Nord-Pas de Calais until December 1990, was the major energy source for industrialisation, which is one of the most important changes witnessed by humanity in its whole history.
The Nord-Pas de Calais coalfield offers an exceptional and remarkably legible example of this fundamental change.


Even if the atlas primarily focuses on mining heritage, it has broadened the census coverage of other coalfield assets. Indeed, the identity of the coalfield is multifaceted, and mining heritage coexists with other very rich heritage (rural, World War I commemorative sites or monuments, steel etc.).  

 

Mission Bassin Minier Nord-Pas de Calais