Grasse recognized by UNESCO
Grasse's perfume expertise recognized by UNESCO
The perfumes of Grasse have officially been listed as UNESCO World Heritage on November 28, 2018.
The skills related to perfume in Pays de Grasse are divided in 3 categories :
- 1/ the cultivation of perfume plants
- 2/ the knowledge and processing of natural raw materials
- 3/ the art of perfume composition
Picture : N. Bédar APVPG 2015
A long process
Initially, the Living Heritage Association of the Pays de Grasse, presented the application file in October 2013.
Then the file was deposited at UNESCO on March 31, 2015.
The whole region mobilized to defend this project. Grasse is located on the Côte d'Azur, in the south of France.
It is an extremely touristic region, where the prices of the grounds keep increasing.
Real estate pressure is very strong in this part of the country.
This region is indeed popular with retirees because of its very mild climate.
As a result, it has become very difficult to reserve land for agricultural production.
Picture : ESAT Les Restanques 2013
Thanks to this inscription the Mayor of Grasse wishes to encourage the installation of new producers on a surface of 70 hectares.