UNESCO Call for Applications: Transboundary Cooperation for Effective Management of World Heritage Sites in Africa

The UNESCO World Heritage Center is organizing a regional meeting to promote transboundary cooperation and strengthen the knowledge for effective management of cultural and natural World Heritage sites in Africa.

The meeting, which is funded by the Netherlands Funds-in-Trust and organised in collaboration with the State Party of Niger, the Advisory Bodies (IUCN, ICOMOS, ICCROM) and the African World Heritage Fund (AWHF), facilitates interactive exchange on existing or potential initiatives for transboundary cooperation.

Objectives and Aims

The main objective of the meeting is to contribute to effective management of transboundary and transnational serial World Heritage properties in sub-Saharan Africa. It will also address management of World Heritage properties whose management may require transboundary/transnational cooperation. More specifically, this regional meeting aims to:

  • Exchange on the knowledge and experiences on the management of transboundary and transnational serial World Heritage sites in Africa, including the usage of traditional knowledge;
  • Analyse the role of the World Heritage Convention in promoting transboundary cooperation in Africa;
  • Elaborate and publish the recommendations for effective management of transboundary and transnational World Heritage sites in Africa.

Format of the workshop

The participants will discuss the situation and the results of transboundary cooperation initiatives in thematic sessions in order to share experiences, practices, challenges and needs of the region in terms of transboundary cooperation. Following the presentations of case studies, the experts will bring their contributions during the discussion sessions.

Eligibility Criteria

This call is open to site managers, local communities, NGOs, experts and representatives of countries involved in transboundary cooperation initiatives for the effective management of cultural and natural World Heritage sites in Sub-Saharan African countries.

How to Apply

Deadline: 21 October 2018

Interested candidates should submit their CVs (two pages max) and a summary of their paper in French or English (300 words max) at the address given on the website.

For more information, visit http://whc.unesco.org/en/events/1459

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