The UNESCO/Netherlands Funds-in-Trust (NFiT) co-operation to support the World Heritage Centre was established in 2001 by the Netherlands Ministry of Education, Culture and Sciences with the aim of reinforcing the implementation of the 1972 "Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage". Under this Funds-in-Trust arrangement the Government of the Netherlands made available an amount of €1.8 million over a period of four years (2001-2004). In 2004, the NFiT Co-operation Agreement was extended for the period 2005-2008.
Projects and programmes under the 2005-2008 NFiT cooperation are structured according to the Strategic Objectives adopted by the World Heritage Committee in 2002 (the 4Cs), and in pursuance of regional and thematic balances.
Structure according to 2002 Strategic Objectives:
- Credibility: Technical assistance to Tentative List and Nomination preparations, primarily in under-represented regions, and Thematic Studies and Expert Meetings in particular on under-represented categories of heritage;
- Conservation: Technical assistance to preparation of Conservation Management Plans, and to projects of Sustainable Development of inscribed properties and sites, in particular in under-represented regions of the world;
- Capacity Building : Support to Training Seminars and National Workshops, Technical Assistance to Professional and Institutional Building;
- Communication: Dissemination of information, education, public awareness raising, sites presentation;
- Overarching Strategic Objective - Improving the Framework for Implementation of the WH Convention : Support to the World Heritage Centre as Secretariat to the World Heritage Convention and WH Committee.
Furthermore, under the NFiT special attention will be reserved for the category of mutual heritage or common cultural heritage: the heritage that is perceived by the Netherlands and other countries or regions concerned as common cultural heritage. This heritage extends beyond the remnants in former colonies and could include cultural properties originating from other international ventures by the Netherlands as well.
Under this Funds-in-Trust arrangement, no restrictions are applied to allocating funds to particular regions of the world or to the nationality of consultants to be used for missions or implementation of projects. As a result of this relative freedom, over the past four years a fairly equal distribution of projects and sites that were selected for sponsoring has taken place over the regions of Africa, Arab States, Asia-Pacific, Eastern Europe and Latin America and the Caribbean.
Partnerships / Activities
- De l’astronomie à Zanzibar
- Exposition itinérante de l’Année internationale de la biodiversité
- Gérer le patrimoine mondial naturel
- Programme 'Patrimoine moderne'
- Programme de renforcement des capacités dans les Caraïbes (CCBP)
- Programme des petits états insulaires en développement
- Programme des Villes du patrimoine mondial
- Recueil d'études de cas sur la conservation et la gestion des villes historiques
- UNESCO publishes a practical guide on climate change adaptation for natural World Heritage sites Wednesday, May 21, 2014
- Managing Marine World Heritage: Our Crown Jewels of the Ocean Thursday, October 17, 2013
- Two New Episodes of Patrimonito’s World Heritage Adventures Available Online Tuesday, May 7, 2013
- Extension of the Netherlands Funds-in-Trust 2013- 2016 Monday, April 29, 2013
- World Heritage field guide for climate change adaptation tested at Kenyan World Heritage sites Tuesday, February 26, 2013
- 10 Years of Dutch Support to World Heritage “From Astronomy to Zanzibar” published Friday, June 15, 2012
- Caribbean Capacity Building Programme (CCBP)’s training Module 6 on Natural Heritage Management available on line Friday, July 22, 2011
- Last Call: Caribbean Heritage Course in Curaçao Tuesday, January 25, 2011
- Caribbean Heritage Course in Curaçao Friday, November 19, 2010
- Joint efforts for the preservation of World Heritage in Mozambique Friday, February 13, 2009
- Netherlands FIT to enhance management effectiveness at Borobudur Wednesday, October 15, 2008
- UNESCO Asia Pacific World Heritage Project on Marine Biodiversity & Climate Change Awareness among Youth (Touho, New-Caledonia) Apr 7, 2014-Apr 13, 2014
- World Heritage Workshop on Sustainable Tourism Decision-making process Mar 11, 2014-Mar 13, 2014
- Reflection meeting on the project of nomination of the city of Sfax for inscription on the World Heritage List Dec 16, 2013-Dec 19, 2013
- Second global World Heritage marine site managers meeting Oct 18, 2013-Oct 20, 2013
- Silk Roads Heritage Corridors Tourism Strategy Workshop Oct 7, 2013-Oct 8, 2013
- 2nd Caribbean Workshop on Disaster Risks Management for World Heritage May 13, 2013-May 17, 2013
- Training Course in the Management of Caribbean cultural resources in a natural environment: Sites of Memory and participation of local communities Mar 11, 2013-Mar 15, 2013
- CARICOM, SIDS, UNESCO World Heritage Meeting Apr 4, 2011-Apr 6, 2011
- Caribbean Sub Regional Meeting for Periodic Reporting Exercise Apr 4, 2011-Apr 6, 2011
- Application deadline 15 September 2009: The Caribbean Heritage Course in Curacao, Netherlands Antilles Jul 31, 2009-Sep 15, 2009
- UNESCO Sub-regional Workshop on the Serial World Heritage Nomination of the Silk Roads Jun 2, 2008-Jun 5, 2008