Priority Africa is one of the two Global Priorities of UNESCO, along with Gender Equality. During UNESCO’s medium-term strategy (2014-2021) period, this action for Africa will be based on peace-building by fostering inclusive, peaceful and resilient societies, and on capacity-building for sustainable development and poverty eradication.
In line with these objectives, and in view of concerns of rapid development change in emerging economies such as those in the African region, this issue of World Heritage will examine African heritage and its sustainable development. Case studies will look at Mosi-oa-Tunya/Victoria Falls, (Zambia/Zimbabwe), a site successfully managed in collaboration with the indigenous peoples living there. The involvement of local communities is also important in managing Bwindi Impenetrable National Park & Rwenzori Mountains National Park (Uganda). We will also discover the desert and rock art of Ennedi Massif: Natural and Cultural Landscape (Chad), inscribed on the World Heritage List in July 2016.
We will explore the future of traditional masons in Timbuktu (Mali), who sustain and pass on earthen architecture conservation techniques, and the tangible and intangible heritage of Grand Bassam (Côte d’Ivoire). The issue will include an interview with Mr Webber Ndoro, Director of the African World Heritage Fund (AWHF), an inter-governmental organization that supports effective conservation and protection of natural and cultural heritage of outstanding universal value in Africa.
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