African Countries Should Work As Team

| December 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

The director of African World Heritage Fund (AWHF), Dr Webber Ndoro has urged African countries to work as a team in order to succeed in nomination of more heritage sites.

He said working as individuals would not bear the expected results and urged countries to cooperate, use African experts and do things differently to ensure they met the requirements.

Dr Ndoro was speaking at the just-ended World Heritage Nomination workshop that aimed to streamline nomination files being submitted by state parties in order to address the gaps as identified by the World Heritage Committee and Aisory Bodies.

He said it was time that the countries looked at their capabilities and come up with credible nominations to ensure that Africa had a desired number of World Heritage Sites listed. Dr Ndoro said working on world heritage nomination needed concerted efforts, patience and determination so that the countries could do it right on the right pace.

He also emphasised the need for commitment from the highest level noting that the countries had to lobby the political wing. He said efforts from the UNESCO were minimal hence government should be seen at the centre of the nomination exercise.

Dr Ndoro said the experts could assist with the technical aice and urged countries to lobby to avoid sites being referred rather than being nominated.

“You have to engage more relevant parties and key players such as International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), World Heritage Nomination Committee so that they could support you when nomination exercise is undertaken.

You can even invite the experts to your respective countries so that they could appreciate the identified sites,” he added.

He also commended Botswana for hosting the workshop noting that since the country successfully listed the Okavango Delta as one of the World Heritage Sites, other countries would learn more on how they managed.

Dr Ndoro also praised Botswana for its commitment in managing Tsodilo Hills World Heritage Site noting that the plan has been revised from time to time.

Hee appreciated the publicrivate partnership between Debswana and the Tsodilo community which he said was a step in the right direction.

The role played by Debswana at Tsodilo is welcomed and emphasised the need to engage private sector in managing the sites for the benefit of the communities.

For her part, one of the experts, the director general of Heritage in Madagascar Ms Emereline Raharimanana also thanked Botswana for hosting the workshop which brought passionate professionals for the conservation and management of heritage.

She said participants shared their experiences in order to deal together with the main issues about developing the World Heritage Nomination Dossiers of their respective countries.

The World Heritage Center and AWHF were commended for their technical and financial support to African countries.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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