Lake Malawi National Park

Malawi

Mana Pools National Park

Zimbabwe

Maloti Drakensberg Park

South Africa | Lesotho

M'Zab Valley

Algeria

Kerkouane

Tunisia

Isle of Meroe

Sudan

Ancient Ksour of Ouadane, Chinguetti, Tichitt and Oualata

Mauritania

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The UNESCO-designated World Heritage Sites in Africa are some of the most spectacular places on earth. The importance of preserving and promoting this cultural heritage escalates with each passing year. It is vital to raise awareness of this rich heritage while informing people of its value and gaining support for the conservation and development of these sites. We invite you to visit our website and learn more about the work of the African World Heritage Fund.

 

THE WORLD HERITAGE COMMITTEE INSCRIBES NEW SITES AND APPROVES THE EXTENSION OF AN EXISTING WORLD HERITAGE SITE IN AFRICA

The World Heritage Committee inscribed more sites to the World Heritage List: Mbanza Kongo in Angola, Asmara, a Modernist City of Africa in Eritrea and Khomani Cultural Landscape in South Africa. They also approved the extension of W. Arly Pendjari to already existing World Heritage Site, the W National Park of Niger inscribed in 1996 to the Heritage List. With these inscriptions, Angola and Eritrea made their first entries to the World Heritage List while South Africa increased their World Heritage Site standing to nine sites. The results above are significant and constitute a serious way forward for World Heritage implementation in the African region. These results were achieved through efforts by many stakeholders working closely with the African World Heritage Fund including the World Heritage Committee members (Angola, Burkina Faso, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe), the World Heritage Centre and Advisory Bodies. AWHF commends the excellent spirit of fruitful partnerships and wishes to congratulate the States Parties of Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Eritrea, and South Africa for their successful achievements.

ABOUT THE SITES

Mbanza Kongo is the vestiges of the capital of the former Kingdom of Kongo (Angola), and is located on a plateau at an altitude of 570 metres. It was the political and spiritual capital of the Kingdom of Kongo, one of the largest constituted states in Southern Africa from the 14th to 19thcenturies. Asmara is the capital of Eritrea located at over 2000 metres above sea level. After 1935, Asmara underwent a large scale programme of construction applying the Italian rationalist idiom of the time to governmental edifices, residential and commercial buildings, churches, mosques, synagogues, cinemas, hotels, etc. ǂKhomani Cultural Landscape is located at the border with Botswana and Namibia in the northern part of the country, coinciding with the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park (KGNP). The large expanse of sand contains evidence of human occupation from the Stone Age to the present and is associated with the culture of the formally nomade ǂKhomani San people and the strategies that allowed them to adapt to harsh desert conditions. W Arly Pendjari Complex (Benin, Burkina Faso) is a natural trans-boundary property between Niger. It covers a major expanse of intact Sudano-Sahelian savannah, with vegetation types including grasslands, shrub lands, wooded savannah and extensive gallery forests. It includes the largest and most important continuum of terrestrial, semi-aquatic and aquatic ecosystems in the West African savannah belt.

Group of elderly people at Mbanza Kongo in Angola
Asmara, a Modernist City of Africa in Eritrea

HIS EXCELLENCY DR. HIFIKEPUNYE POHAMBA, FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA TO HOST THE AFRICAN WORLD HERITAGE FUND BUSINESS LEADERS BREAKFAST EVENT

The Patron of the African World Heritage Fund, His Excellency Dr. Hifikepunye Pohamba, Former President of the Republic of Namibia will host a Business Leaders Breakfast event tomorrow on 14th September 2017 in Windhoek, Namibia. The event is organized jointly with the government of Namibia through the Office of the Former President and the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture. This event is aimed at the...
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WORLD HERITAGE SITE ROYAL PALACE OF ABOMEY IN BENIN BURNS DOWN

The Royal Palace of Abomey (Benin), World Heritage Site, burnt caught fire again on the eve of Monday, 28th August. The affected area was the handcraft village which was the community business centre of the palace which generated income for local communities. The recurrent fire raises once again the urgency to put in place effective risk management mechanisms at heritage sites. The AWHF will keep...
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CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR GRANT FROM THE AFRICAN WORLD HERITAGE FUND

Each year AWHF provide conservation grants to African State Parties to implement projects and activities which focus on improving the State of Conservation of World Heritage properties. All applicants shall be notified of the outcome by 30th June 2018. For further information please contact: African World Heritage Fund 1258 Lever Road, Headway Hill, Midrand 1685 South Africa, Tel: +27 11 313 3061, Email:...
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NEWSFLASH 41st World Heritage Meeting

41st World Heritage Committee Meeting in Poland / 41e Reunion du Comité du Patrimoine Mondial en Pologne   The African World Heritage Fund published its new newsletter. Click here to check it out. Le Fonds pour le patrimoine mondial africain a publié son nouveau bulletin d'information. Cliquez- ici pour consulter le...
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FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE FOUR SITES INSCRIBED ON THE WORLD HERITAGE LIST FROM ANGOLA, BENIN/BURKINA FASO, ERITREA AND SOUTH AFRICA

 Mbanza Kongo in Angola Mbanza Kongo is the vestiges of the capital of the former Kingdom of Kongo (Angola) and is now the first World Heritage site in Angola. The town of Mbanza Kongo is located on a plateau at an altitude of 570 metres and was the political and spiritual capital of the Kingdom of Kongo, one of the largest constituted states in Southern Africa from the 14th to 19thcenturies. The historical...
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THE AWHF EXHIBITION ON “WORLD HERITAGE AND SLAVE TRADES IN AFRICA” IS LAUNCHED AT THE 41ST WORLD HERITAGE COMMITEE MEETING IN KRAKOW, POLAND

The AWHF exhibition is currently displayed in Krakow, Poland at the 41st World Heritage Committee meeting. The exhibition will be displayed from 2nd to 7th July 2017. ABOUT THE SLAVERY EXHIBITION Through an attempt to showcase the richness and diversity of slavery sites, the exhibition on “World Heritage and Slave Trades in Africa” aims at giving an opportunity to interrogate the current...
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AFRICAN WORLD HERITAGE EXPERTS MEETING IN ANGOLA

Officials gathered on 12 June for the opening ceremony of the consultative meeting of the African World Heritage Experts in Angola attended by more than sixty (60) participants. The ceremony was led by the Minister of Culture in Angola, Hon. Caroline Cerqueira and included attendance by the Minister of Tourism and Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research in Angola. The Deputy...
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THE 18th INTERNATIONAL COURSE ON WOOD CONSERVATION TECHNOLOGY – ICWCT 2018

ICCROM is pleased to announce that the18th International Course on Wood Conservation Technology - ICWCT 2018 will be held on-line from 9 April to 11 May and in Oslo, Norway from 4 to 29 June 2018.  This course is organized by ICCROM, Riksantikvaren and NTNU. The Wood course aims to promote cultural understanding and research in the field of wood conservation, and to be a valuable resource for the work of the...
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WORLD HERITAGE UPSTREAM SUPPORT PROGRAMME IN AFRICA: 7 – 9 June 2017

The World Heritage Convention, adopted in 1972, is one of the most important global instruments for the protection, and the effective conservation and management of the heritage sites of Outstanding Universal Value. This Convention is underpinned by the understanding that some heritage places are so important that their protection is not only the responsibility of a single nation, but is also the duty of the...
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CALL FOR PAPERS FOR A UNESCO PUBLICATION: “Community Involvement in the Management of World Heritage in Africa”

The World Heritage Center, in collaboration with the African World Heritage Fund, is calling for papers to be included in its forthcoming publication entitled: Community Involvement in the Management of World Heritage in Africa. The main objective of this publication is to publicize endogenous site management practices and share successful experiences with a view to contributing to the improvement of site...
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Lion at the W Arly Pendjari Complex in Benin, Burkina Faso
Nomade ǂKhomani San boy at the Komani Cultural Landscape
Group of cheetahs at the W Arly Pendjari Complex in Benin, Burkina Faso