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The Nordic World Heritage Fund (NWHF) and the World Heritage Institute of Training and Research in the Asia and the Pacific Region (WHITR-AP), have signed a cooperation agreement as an extension of a Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2009. Ms Anne-Kristin Endresen, Director of NWHF, and Mr Jian Zhou, Director of WHITR-AP, represented their organizations. NWHF and WHITR-AP are centres that work under the auspices of UNESCO in the framework of specific agreements to support the implementation of the World Heritage Convention.

Under WHITR-AP's newly adopted Mid-Term Strategy (2014-2019), this cooperation project will specifically deal with the exchange of experience and knowledge regarding capacity building strategies, local community participation and sustainable tourism at World Heritage sites.

It is the intention of both NWHF and WHITR-AP to establish contact with other Category 2 Centres during the implementation of this cooperation project.