Corsica, an island with a surface area of 8,722 km2 occupying a central position in the western Mediterranean, boasts an impressive diversity of landscapes: a rocky coastline, dense scrubland and forests, and rugged mountains.
The oldest traces of human occupation date back to the Mesolithic period, 8,500 years before our era. Strongly influenced by its Mediterranean neighbours, the island passed under the control of several civilisations such as the Etruscans, Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans, Vandals, Byzantines, Ostrogoths, Lombards, Papal States, Moors, Pisans, Genoese and then after a short period of independence the French.
Called Kallisté ("the most beautiful" in ancient Greek) during antiquity, the island of beauty today offers a rich and varied heritage of undeniable cultural, natural and scientific interest. Due to its position at the crossroads of Mediterranean influences, Corsica's heritage is a privileged witness to the historical interconnections of the basin, motivating CoPaM to act for its preservation and enhancement.
By classifying its remarkable cultural sites, Corsica reinforces the worldwide base that these sites could acquire as universal and exceptional assets in the Mediterranean, and favours the awareness of the local actors on the richness of the assets in the heart of which they live.
Mandated by the Collectivité de Corse, CoPaM's mission is to analyse different sites in order to select a few that can be submitted for inclusion in UNESCO's World Heritage List.
The interest of cooperation with cross-border regions (Tuscany, Sardinia, Balearic Islands, etc.) on the portage has oriented this project around three themes:
The project is currently underway, and progress has been made on the Aléria site. Remarkable in France, this site has a mixed heritage: both cultural and natural, making it possible to carry out a double inscription project. Thus the teams are mobilised to submit a joint dossier with Etruria for inscription on the list of transnational and transborder properties on the theme of Etruscan heritage and coastal landscapes, and a specific dossier for Aléria and its territories to be submitted more quickly. Carrying the Aléria dossier also raises the question of a joint inscription as a multiple and transboundary property with the Etruscan site of Populonia in Tuscany for their marine and unique character.