When the Vaud Constitution was revised in 2002, Article 6b was repealed. Concrete encroachment began to rear its head in the Lavaux once more. So, Franz Weber devised a second “Sauver Lavaux” initiative, demanding that protection of the area be reintroduced in the constitution. In 2005, the move was accepted by the people of Vaud with 81 per cent of the vote.
However, this was not the end of the story: In 2007, the wine region was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Unfortunately, the listing is not legally binding and only fuelled developers’ appetites. “Sauver Lavaux” launched a legislative initiative in 2009 to achieve stronger legal force, to which the cantonal authorities submitted a counter proposal. On 18 May 2014, the people of Vaud voted in favour of this counter proposal.
The “Sauver Lavaux” association must therefore continue its work monitoring and engaging with local authorities to prevent this unique wine region from falling victim to the greed of construction companies.