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 2017, the NFiT Co-operation Agreement was extended 5th time for the period of 2017-2020.
Projects and programmes under the NFiT cooperation are structured according to the Strategic Objectives adopted by the World Heritage Committee (5Cs), in pursuance of regional and thematic balances, and the sustainability of support given in terms of project follow-up or spin-off. Support would be also considered for a property on the List of World Heritage in Danger and/or heritage in conflict situation, when feasible.
- 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;
- Community: Enhance the role of Communities in the implementation of the World Heritage Convention.
Furthermore, under the NFiT special attention will be reserved for the category of mutual heritage or shared cultural heritage: the heritage that is perceived by the Netherlands and other countries or regions concerned as shared 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 (18)
- Caribbean Capacity Building Programme (CCBP)
- Case Studies on the Conservation and Management of Historic Cities
- Culture and Development: World Heritage in the Caribbean
- Developing a Sustainable Tourism Strategy for the Silk Roads Heritage Corridors
- From Astronomy to Zanzibar
- International Year of Biodiversity Travelling Exhibition
- LAC Extra-budgetary Projects
- Managing Natural World Heritage
- Modern Heritage Programme
- Mozambique : Rehabilitation Project of the San Sebastian Fortress, Island of Mozambique
- Silk Roads
- Small Island Developing States Programme
- World Heritage Cities Programme
- World Heritage Marine Sites - Best Practice guide
- World Heritage and Biodiversity
- World Heritage and Sustainable Tourism Programme
- World Heritage at the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014: the promise of Sydney
- Youth from Caribbean SIDS and Central American give focus on Marine Biodiversity & Climate Change
- Netherlands Funds-in-Trust agreement extended to 2020 Friday, 17 February 2017
- Celebrating a decade of Marine World Heritage Tuesday, 20 December 2016
- Guardians of the world’s ocean icons convene in Galapagos to chart sustainable future Wednesday, 24 August 2016
- Risk preparedness training workshop “Building Resilience of World Heritage Properties” at the Brandberg National Monument Area (Namibia) Thursday, 30 June 2016
- Strengthening the role of local communities in the management and conservation of World Heritage Sites Tuesday, 12 April 2016
- Workshop on the Conservation and Management of Military Architecture-related World Heritage properties in the Caribbean 08-Nov-2016-09-Nov-2016
- International Symposium ‘The Conservation of Brick Monuments at World Heritage sites’ 19-Oct-2016-21-Oct-2016
- Consultation Meeting on the application of the UNESCO HUL Recommendation at the World Heritage properties in Uzbekistan 19-Oct-2016-21-Oct-2016
- 'Development of Risk Mitigation Plans on flood: Models, Challenges and Opportunities' Workshop 24-May-2016-25-May-2016
- Strengthening the role of local communities in the management and conservation of World Heritage Sites 27-Mar-2016-29-Mar-2016