Mont Blanc Transboundary Conference

The Mont Blanc Transboundary Conference, initiated in 1991 by the Ministers of the Environment of France, Italy, and Switzerland, is a structure of concerted political effort, involving the representatives of national, regional, and local entities concerned with the Espace Mont-Blanc.

The Canton of Valais, the Autonomous Region of the Aosta Valley, and the Community of Communes of the Chamonix-Mont Blanc Valley on behalf of the communities of the Pays du Mont Blanc and Savoie adhering to this process are the linchpins of it on different territorial levels.

France

On the French side, the territory belonging to the Espace Mont-Blanc covers the two communities of communes of the Pays du Mont Blanc and Chamonix Mont Blanc Valley for Haute Savoie and the communes of Bourg Saint Maurice, Beaufort, and Hauteluce for Savoie. Each of these three entities is represented at the Mont Blanc Transboundary Conference. These communities are supported in this process by the Conseil Savoie Mont-Blanc (Savoie Mont-Blanc Council).

From the glacial massif to the urbanised valleys, this region possesses numerous advantages that ensure its fame and favour a dynamic economic and social life.

Assured from the start by the Syndicat Intercommunal Espace Nature Mont Blanc, then by the SIVOM Pays du Mont Blanc, the technical and administrative transboundary secretariat has been transferred since 2010 to the Community of Communes of the Chamonix Mont Blanc Valley.

Italy: Autonomous Region of the Aosta Valley

The Autonomous Region of the Aosta Valley participates in the works of the Mont Blanc Transboundary Conference through the Regional Assessorate of the productive activities, energy, labor and environmental policies, which gives title to the Vice-Presidency and the coordination of the Italian delegation.

Among its competencies relating to the environment, climate changes, and awareness about sustainable development, the Department for the Environment guarantees the managerial tasks of the projects of the Espace Mont-Blanc.

The Region has regulated the financing of activities of the Mont Blanc Transboundary Conference according to the Regional Law 2 May 1995, no. 13 and successive modifications. Through agreements, the Region has given to the Fondation Montagne Sûre of Courmayeur the operational function of the Espace Mont-Blanc Antenna.

The smallest of the twenty regions in Italy, the Aosta Valley is an autonomous region with special status which attributes to it the power to legislate in different fields and recognises two official languages, Italian and French.

This Valley, which derives its name from its capital, Aosta, is bordered on the north by the Swiss canton of Valais, on the west by the French departments of Haute Savoie and Savoie, and on the southeast by Piedmont. The high valley of the Dora Baltea, called the Valdigne, includes the five communes that make up the Espace Mont-Blanc.

Switzerland: Republic and Canton of Valais

The Republic and Canton of Valais participates in the projects of the Mont Blanc Transboundary Conference (CTMB) through its Economic Development Service (SDE), which ensures the Vice-Presidency and the Swiss coordination of the projects of the Espace Mont-Blanc.

The Canton of Valais is situated in the southwest of Switzerland. It corresponds approximately to the high Rhone valley in the Alps, between its source at Gletsch and Lake Geneva. The total surface area of the canton is 5225 km² and its total population is over 333,000 inhabitants. Valais is bordered on the north by the canton of Bern, on the west by the canton of Vaud, and on the east by the cantons of Uri and Ticino. It shares a common border with Italy to the south and with France to the west.

The official languages are French and German. The linguistic border is defined by the Raspille, a river upstream of the town of Sierre. The major lines of transalpine communication are the railway tunnels of Lötschberg and Simplon, the road tunnel of Great St. Bernard, and the Simplon Pass and the Col de la Forclaz.

The Swiss territory of the Espace Mont-Blanc comprises 17 Valaisian communes situated in the regions of Martigny, Entremont, the Trient Valley, and the Val d'Illiez.

Organisation chart

Swiss membersFrench membersItalian members

Vice-President of the CTMB

Eric BIANCO
Chief of the Economic Development Service of the Canton of Valais

Vice-President of the CTMB

Eric FOURNIER
Mayor of Chamonix
President of the Community of Communes of the Chamonix Mont Blanc Valley

Vice-President of the CTMB

Jean-Pierre GUICHARDAZ
Assessor for productive activities, energy, labor and environmental policies of the Autonomous Region of the Aosta Valley

Eric DARBELLAY
Municipal councillor of Martigny

Joachim RAUSIS
President of the Commune of Orsières

Pascal MAY
President of the Commune of Finhaut

Yvonne SCHLEISS
Transboundary Cooperation Service, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs

Georges MORAND
President of the Community of Communes Pays du Mont Blanc Mayor of Sallanches

Alternate :  Yann JACCAZ, Mayor of Praz-sur-Arly

Annick CRESSENS
President of the Community of Communes of Beaufortain, Mayor of Beaufort-sur-Doron   

Bruno CHARLOT
Sub-Prefect of Bonneville, representing the Prefect of Haute Savoie

Patrick VAUTERIN
DREAL Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

Riccardo BIELLER
President of the Unité des Communes valdôtaines Valdigne Mont Blanc

Fabrizia DERRIARD
Mayor of Courmayeur

Marco CALCHERA
Mayor of Etroubles
Representative for the Unité des Communes valdôtaines Grand-Combin

Paolo ANGELINI
Minister of the Environment
International Service for the Protection of the Environment

Swiss Coordinator

Ismaël GROSJEAN
Economic Development Service of the Canton of Valais

French Coordinator

Jean-Marc BONINO
Direction of Sustainable Development, Chamonix Mont-Blanc Communauté de Communes

Italian Coordinator

Stefania MUTI
Departement of the Environment of the Autonomous Region of the Aosta Valley

Pays du Mont-Blanc
Vallée de Chamonix
Région Autonome Vallée d'Aoste
Canton du Valais
Savoie & Haute Savoie
République Française
Union Européenne
Alcotra
Repubblica Italiana
Confédération Suisse