What is world heritage

The World Heritage List was established in 1972 by UNESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization). The list's objective is to protect the world's cultural and natural heritage.

The World Heritage Convention has the largest scope of all international environmental conventions. The World Heritage List (WHL) is a list of world heritage objects (cultural and natural) within the member countries. The list is updated every year as new areas are identified and nominated...

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UNESCO

UNESCO is the United Nations' Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

UNESCO's aim is to contribute to peace and security through international cooperation in these areas. The organisation was established in 1945 and Norway became a member in 1946.

Education for all
Education for all (EFA) is UNESCO's main initiative. At a top level meeting in 2000, 164 countries including Norway drew up six educational goals to be achieved by 2015. Public and private players along with the...

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UNESCO- convention

The convention for the protection of the world's cultural and natural heritage was adopted in 1972, after pressure had been mounting for some time on cultural heritage sties and natural areas due to wars, natural disasters, pollution, tourism or simply decay.

The convention encourages all countries to promote cultural and natural heritage of local or national significance. The convention's foremost aim is to identify cultural and natural heritage of universal value. The need for a joint...

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The decision-making process

The world heritage committee (21 States Parties) decides which new areas or objects are to be added to the world heritage list at their annual committee meeting. This is based on nominations by the member countries.

If the new nominations fulfil the technical requirements for content they are transferred to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) which is responsible for the technical evaluation. These advisory...

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The responsibility of the States Parties

When a nation has signed the UN's World Heritage Convention, it means that the State Party has committed itself to striving to identify, document and nominate potential world heritage for inscription on the World Heritage List. The individual State Party decides whether an area/object will be nominated for inscription on the list, but it is the World Heritage Committee that decides whether the area/object meets the criteria for exceptional universal value, securing and management.
The basic...

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Norwegian follow-up

The Ministry of the Environment (MD) is the highest authority for coordinating Norwegian follow-up. MD's department for management of cultural heritage fulfils the role of national contact point for the convention.
The Directorate for Cultural Heritage (RA) and the Norwegian Directorate for Nature Management (DN) are responsible for technical follow-up of the convention in their respective areas: RA for cultural heritage and DN for natural heritage.
For the individual Norwegian World Heritage...

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Local foundations

The world heritage work is also carried out by local foundations.
The foundation Geirangerfjorden Verdsarv is a voluntary foundation with ideological aims established by the municipalities in Norddal and Stranda along with Møre og Romsdal county council. The foundation is based in the Norwegian Fjord Centre in Geiranger and the primary areas of the work are:
Primary areas of work:
• Dissemination of information about the natural heritage West Norwegian Fjords
• Collaboration for sustainable...

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