The conservation and protection of World Heritage sites require substantial financial resources. Sources of income include the World Heritage Fund, which receives most of its income from cfrom assessed contributions from States Parties to the World Heritage Convention and from voluntary contributions. Other sources of income include profits derived from sales of World Heritage publications, or funds-in-trust that are donated by countries for specific purposes.

World Heritage Fund

The World Heritage Fund provides about US$3 million annually to support activities requested by States Parties defined by the World Heritage Committee. It includes compulsory and voluntary contributions from the States Parties, as well as from private donations.

The World Heritage Committee allocates International Assistance funds, giving priority to the most threatened sites.

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Funds-in-Trust are extrabudgetary contributions received from governments, organizations - international, national or non-governmental — foundations, private companies or other sources for the purpose of enabling UNESCO to carry out, on their behalf and at their request, specific activities that are consistent with the aims and policies of the Organization.

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Rapid Response Facility

The Rapid Response Facility is a small grants programme jointly operated by the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, the United Nations Foundation and Fauna & Flora International. It aims to protect natural World Heritage sites in times of crisis - and to do so quickly, flexibly and in real time.

Rapid Response Facility grants are specifically used to:

Mobilize funds quickly to respond to emergency situations; Provide bridging funds in places where longer-term funding is being sought, and; Catalyse innovative financing mechanisms as part of long-term support programmes.

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