Hazards and Protection

The sites often lie hardly noticed on lakebeds or submerged in bogs, where they are exposed to a variety of threats: construction activities, drying soils, wave action and also tourism greatly affect pile-dwelling sites by erosion or physical destruction. Therefore, there is a possibility that what has survived for millennia will be lost in just a few decades. A regularly monitoring of the sites and the research of comprehensive  solutions is necessary.

The 'UNESCO World Heritage' label would increases public awareness of the special significance of the pile-dwelling sites and supports the effort made by the alpine countries to preserve, research and exhibit the world-famous cultural heritage preserved in the pre-alpine lakes.