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Government of Norway

Since Norway joined the World Heritage Committee in 2017, it has significantly stepped up its support for the implementation of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention.

Norway provided a grant of US$ 2.9 million (NOK 25 million) in July 2019 to the World Heritage Fund to strengthen efforts to improve the state of conservation of World Heritage sites in Africa. In December 2020, Norway committed an additional amount of NOK 50 million over two years (equivalent to USD 5,6 million), increasing the overall contribution to US$ 8.5 million (NOK 75 million) over three years. Norway is a member of the World Heritage Committee for the period 2017-2021.

The funding provided by the Government of Norway to the World Heritage Fund is dedicated to the preservation of World Heritage sites in Africa, in particular natural World Heritage sites inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger or sites severely threatened. The funding enables the UNESCO World Heritage Centre to develop and implement a range of ambitious activities towards the preservation of natural, cultural and mixed sites in Africa. Prior to the grants received in 2019 and 2020, Norway has already funded World Heritage activities in Africa, in the amount of US$ 482,000.

Conservation activities
supported in 2019-2021

Nature (N)
Culture (C) Mixed (M)
In Danger (D)

World Heritage site / Activity

N, D

Securing Manovo-Gounda St. Floris National Park
(Central African Republic)

N, D

Conflict mitigation in Okapi Wildlife Reserve
(DRC)

N, D

Ecological monitoring in Garamba National Park
(DRC)

N, D

Securing Kahuzi Biega National Park
(DRC)

N, D

Salonga National Park boundary demarcation (DRC)

N

Protecting against impacts of agricultural and agro-industrial projects in Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary
(Senegal)

N, D

Workding towards removing Niokolo-Koba National Park from the World Heritage List in Danger
(Senegal)

N

Addressing threats and impacts of development projects
in Dja Faunal Reserve
(Cameroon)

M

Strengthening the governance and management of Lope National Park
(Gabon)

N, D

Restoration of Air and Ténéré Natural Reserves
(Niger)

N

Ecological monitoring and sustainable management of W-Arly-Pendjari Complex
(Benin & Burkina Faso & Niger)

N, D

Development and implementation of corrective measures and DSOCR for Lake Turkana National Parks
(Kenya)

N

Developing sustainable fisheries in Lake Malawi National Park (Malawi)

M

Engaging Local Communities in the Stewardship of World Heritage (COMPACT)

N

Rapid Response Facility (RRF)

D

Uplifting the perception of the List of World Heritage in Danger

N, D

Support to African States Parties to finalise DSOCRs for natural properties

C

Preservation of the Historic Town of Grand-Bassam
(Côte d'Ivoire
)

C

Improving conservation of Koutammakou, the Land of the Batammariba

C, D

Applying HUL approach to safeguard Tombs of Buganda Kings at Kasubi (Uganda) and Royal Palaces of Abomey (Benin)

Properties
Transboundary
In Danger
Cultural
Natural
Mixed
17
States Parties

The Norway funding is instrumental to allow the World Heritage Centre to provide vital support to priority sites. Substantial funding is provided for emergency activities for Manovo - Gounda St. Floris National Park (Central African Republic), a site on the List in Danger that has been severely impacted by poaching and civil conflicts.

Further support is earmarked for other natural sites on the List of World Heritage in Danger, including World Heritage sites in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Air and Ténéré Natural Reserves (Niger), Niokolo-Koba National Park (Senegal) and Lake Turkana National Parks (Kenya).

The funding is also helping to address urgent conservation issues in the Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary (Senegal), Dja Faunal Reserve (Cameroon) and Lake Malawi National Park (Malawi).

Community conservation and management activities are supported in Maloti - Drakensberg Park (South Africa / Lesotho), Okavango Delta (Botswana), W-Arly-Pendjari Complex (Benin / Burkina Faso / Niger), Ecosystem and Relict Cultural Landscape of Lopé-Okanda (Gabon). Financial support is also provided to cultural sites such as the Koutammakou, the Land of the Batammariba, a cultural landscape in Togo, as well as the Tombs of Buganda Kings at Kasubi (Uganda) and Royal Palaces of Abomey (Benin). Emergency assistance is provided to the Historic City of Grand-Bassam (Côte d'Ivoire), which was affected by severe floods in October 2019.

A communication campaign is planned to promote the List of World Heritage in Danger and its usefulness as a conservation mechanism. Norway also supports the Rapid Response Facility, a mechanism that aids protected areas in the event of an emergency and sudden crisis.

Partnerships / Activities (30)
Sectors
Government Public
Country
Norway