The importance of the rock art sites in the member states of the Council of Europe has been recognised by UNESCO. Since 1976, different areas and sites have been listed as World Heritage. Currently 11 rock art sites have this recognition in the 47 states of the Council of Europe.
Today, more than 250 sites with rock art expressions are open to the public in the countries belonging to the Council of Europe. 161 of them form part of the biggest network of this kind of site, the Prehistoric Rock Art Trails Association (Association CARP). In 2010, this network was certified as a Cultural Route of the Council of Europe, due to its heritage values and the cooperation between the institutions that are full members.