The nomination process

Around 10 years were spent on the process of becoming nominated for UNESCO’s list of the World’s natural heritage. Local working groups were set up in the Nærøyfjord Geirangerfjord areas. These involved representatives from public administration and politics as well as several landowners and business associations’ representatives and representatives from voluntary organisations. The work groups have gathered important information for the application that was sent to UNESCO in January 2004. Other important tasks were to inform local communities and other interested parties. 

The Norwegian Directorate for Nature Management were tasked with leading the work on compiling the application document for West Norwegian Fjords. Subsequently, the state party received feedback from UNESCO that the technical quality of the comprehensive Norwegian application was among the best they had received in the 30 year history of the Convention.