Lake Malawi National Park

Malawi

M'Zab Valley

 Algeria

Ancient Ksour of Ouadane, Chinguetti, Tichitt and Oualata

Mauritania

Mana Pools National Park

 Zimbabwe

Kerkouane

  Tunisia

Twyfelfontein

Namibia

Thimlich Ohinga

Kenya

Barberton Makhonjwa

Mpumalanga – South Africa

Al Qal'a of Beni Hammad

Algeria

Lalibela

Ethiopia

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WELCOME TO 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. Thank you!

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.

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THE AFRICAN WORLD HERITAGE FUND (AWHF) CELEBRATES AFRICA DAY 25th MAY – POST RELEASE

Africa Day 25th May saw African countries observing and celebrating the day invarious ways through different activities. These activities included, webinarsessions, panel discussions, speeches by pan-Africanists and political leaders,cultural entertainment, rallies,...

Call for Papers for the “International Symposium on Modern Heritage of Africa 22 – 24 September 2021, University of Cape Town, South Africa”

In line with the Global Strategy for a credible, balanced and representative World Heritage List, the AWHF has identified modern heritage as one of the marginalised heritage categories that needs attention. Africa’s cities, many of which are themselves products of the...

Call for Conservation and Moses Mapesa Grant Applications/ Appel a candidatures pour la Conservation et la subvention de Moses Mapesa!

Each year the African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) provides Conservation Grants to African State Parties to help implement projects and activities, which focus on improving the State of Conservation of World Heritage properties.  We are now receiving applications for...

AFRICAN WORLD HERITAGE DAY – 5th MAY CELEBRATION POST RELEASE / JOURNÉE DU PATRIMOINE MONDIAL AFRICAIN – 5 MAI COMMUNIQUÉ

The annual African World Heritage Day – 5th May Celebration concluded on a successful note. This significant event took shape under the coveted theme, “World Heritage as a Lever for the Africa We Want” within the umbrella of the African Union (AU)...

AFRICAN WORLD HERITAGE DAY (AWHD) – 5TH MAY CELEBRATION / JOURNÉE DU PATRIMOINE MONDIAL AFRICAN – CÉLÉBRATION DU 5 MAI

THEME: "WORLD HERITAGE AS A LEVER FOR THE AFRICA WE WANT" Proclaimed during the 38th session of the General Conference of UNESCO, the African World Heritage Day (5th May) is an occasion to celebrate the exceptional cultural and natural heritage of...

AFRICAN WORLD HERITAGE FUND (AWHF) STATEMENT OF SUPPORT TO THE UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN (UCT) ON THE TRAGEDY OF THE RUNAWAY VELDFIRE AFFECTING THE CAMPUS

The African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) stands in solidarity with the University of Cape Town (UCT) on the tragedy of the runaway veldfire that has gutted parts of UCT and has destroyed iconic Cape Town landmarks and engulfed Rhodes Memorial. Please note the full...

REVIEW AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE AFRICAN WORLD HERITAGE FUND STRATEGIC PLAN FOR THE PERIOD, APRIL 2022 TO MARCH 2027/EVALUATION ET DEVELOPPEMENT DU PLAN STRATEGIQUE DU FONDS POUR LE PATRIMOINE MONDIAL AFRICAIN (AVRIL 2022 – MARS 2027)

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS!!! Closing date: Monday, 15th March 2021, 16.30 CAT Application Timeline Application submission deadline – Monday 15th March 2021 Notification of successful candidate (s) – Friday 26th March 2021SubmissionApplications should be submitted via...

OUR WORLD HERITAGE INITIATIVE – AWHF INVOLVEMENT

The African World Heritage Fund is one of the partners for the global OURWORLDHERITAGE Initiative. OURWORLDHERITAGE is a global initiative promoted by a group of individuals in the implementation of the World Heritage Convention.The aim of the initiative is to...

MESSAGE DE CONDOLEANCES PAR RAPPORT AU DECES DE SIX (6) GARDES FORESTIERS DU PARC NATIONAL DE VIRUNGA EN RDC

C'est avec une grande tristesse que le Conseil d'administration, les parrains/marraine et le personnel du Fonds pour le patrimoine mondial africain (FPMA) ont appris le décès brutal de six gardes du parc national des Virunga en République démocratique du Congo...

CONDOLENCES MESSAGE ON THE TRAGIC PASSING OF SIX (6) PARK RANGERS AT VIRUNGA NATIONAL PARK IN DRC

It is with great sadness that the Board of Trustees, Patrons and staff of the African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) learnt of the brutal passing of six rangers at Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)....... Click on the FULL MESSAGE by Mr....

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44th Session of the Virtual World Heritage Committee – (16 to 31 July 2021) – 44e Session Virtuelle du Comité du Patrimoine Mondial – (16 au 31 Juillet 2021)

This year, the People’s Republic of China has the pleasure of hosting the extended 44th Session of the Virtual World Heritage Committee. The session is organized by UNESCO in cooperation with the Host Country, the People’s Republic of China. The session will be...

DID YOU KNOW?

As of July 2019, Africa is underrepresented on the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage List with only 137 Sites listed from 1121 in the world, thus constituting only 12% representation. However, Africa is also over-represented on the World Heritage List in Danger with 22 Sites from 54 Sites listed in danger in the world, thus constituting 41% of the List. The situation is challenging to reverse.

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