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 African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) is an inter-governmental organisation that was launched in 2006 with the mission to support the effective conservation and protection of natural and cultural heritage of outstanding universal value in Africa. Together with the African Members States of UNESCO and the African Union, the main aim is to develop a strategy to deal with the challenges that many African countries meet in implementing the 1972 World Heritage Convention.
The 4th Meeting of the African Union Commission Working Group to develop the African Union (AU) Model Law on the Protection of Cultural Property and Heritage was held in Cairo, Egypt from 20th to 23rd February 2018. The meeting was jointly organized and funded by the AU Department of Social Affairs, the African World Heritage Fund and the African Academy of Languages (ACALAN).
Above: Group Photo – Participants 4th Working Group Meeting
In the framework of supporting the State Parties to improve the management and conservation of World Heritage properties, the Ghana Museums and Monuments Board (GMMB) organized a theoretical and practical training workshop on Digital documentation of Fort William from 3rd to 9th February 2018 at Cape Coast Castle, Ghana. Cape Coast castle and Fort William are part of the Forts and Castles, Volta, Greater Accra, Central and Western Regions World Heritage Site. The workshop was attended by 23 participants including conservators and inspectors of monuments, technicians, site managers and local community members.
4th Meeting of the African Union Commission Working Group to develop the African Union (AU) Model Law on protection of Cultural Property and Heritage.
FAC-AFRICA COURSE: First Aid to Cultural Heritage in times of crisis (APPLICATION ANNOUNCEMENT)
CONCLUSION OF THE SIXTH ANNUAL COORDINATION MEETING OF THE UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE-RELATED CATEGORY 2 INSTITUTES & CENTRES
AWHF VACANT POSITION – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR (AWHF)
AWHF VACANCY – Head of Programmes
AWHF VACANCY – Partnership Officer
APPLICATION FOR AWHF CONSERVATION GRANTS IS EXTENDED
AWHF MEETS WITH AMBASSADORS AND REPRESENTATIVES OF THE EMBASSIES OF NORWAY, CHINA AND NETHERLANDS TO ETHIOPIA
AWHF PREPARES FOR THE 22nd BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING TO BE HELD IN DJIBLIHO, EQUATORIAL GUINEA
AWHF CONSULTATIVE MEETINGS WITH THE AFRICAN UNION COMMISSION (AUC)
Above: Northern White Rhino – Last Male Sudan
NORTHERN WHITE RHINO: LAST MALE SUDAN DIES IN KENYA
The world’s last surviving male northern white rhino died on Monday, 19th March 2018 after months of poor health. Sudan was 45 and was kept at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya. He was put to sleep after age-related complications worsened significantly. His death leaves only two females, his daughter and granddaughter of the subspecies alive in the world.
His death is a revelation of human disregard for nature, which is a saddening factor. It is important to take advantage of the unique situation in which cellular technologies are utilised for conservation of critically endangered species. According to experts, hope for preserving the northern white rhino now lies in developing in vitro fertilsation (IVF) techniques.
AWHF urges more caution and sensitivity to be shown towards endangered species and the conservation thereof to be heightened.