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After all, the pile dwellings cannot be seen?

It is really quite irrelevant to the UNESCO label, whether an object is visible or not. In fact, the pile dwelling sites would be the first world heritage sites submerged in water, which increases the chances of a successful candidature.
While it is important to promote public awareness of pile dwelling sites as a cultural heritage, for instance in museums, the scientific potential of the pile dwellings and their significance with regard to our history and culture are more important than ideal marketing opportunities.

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Who will bear the costs of the project?

UNESCO does not grant any funding to designated world heritage sites or candidatures. It merely awards the much sought after UNESCO World Heritage label. The current candidature is in receipt of considerable funding from the Federal Department of Culture and the Cantons involved. Besides contributions from France, Germany, Italy, Slovenia and Austria, private sponsors and foundations also make donations.

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What will the project achieve?

The project is an opportunity for the regions involved: the UNESCO label is much coveted and internationally recognised. One must not underestimate culture as a selling point for a location. Appropriately and properly staged (in museums, with information plaques, projections etc.), this extraordinary world heritage can be made visible. Thanks to their location usually in natural environs, the pile dwellings essentially have a great potential for low impact tourism.
Not least, the project also promotes international networking and exchange between the archaeological services, museums, etc. in the individual countries and cantons.