PETER DENNIS OKWARO, CHDA PROGRAMS COORDINATOR
PARTICIPATES IN THE
AT WORLD HERITAGE SITES IN AFRICA
REVIEW MEETING IN PORTO-NOVO, BENIN
In accordance with the World Heritage Convention, the Second Cycle of Periodic Reporting for the African region took place in 2009-2011. Francophone and Anglophone Entrepreneurship workshops were held in Toubacouta (Delta du Saloum, Senegal) and Cape Coast Castle (Cape Coast, Ghana), respectively on 13-23 and 19-30 May 2014. The workshops gathered forty-six participants coming from 15 African countries and working on Entrepreneurial ventures on World Heritage cultural and natural properties.
The participants of the Anglophone programme were also involved in a site project which helped them to implement an agricultural venture at Mosi-oa-Tunya (Zambia), between the 22nd September and10th October 2014. Some participants of the Francophone programme also benefited from on-site monitoring visits by resource persons to improve their projects.
The Ecole du Patrimoine Africain – EPA (the School of African Heritage), in partnership with the African World Heritage Fund, organized a review meeting of the programme “Entrepreneurship at the World Heritage properties”, between 19th and 21st May 2015 at the EPA training facility in Porto-Novo, Benin.
Other participants included programme specialists from international institutions (UNESCO and AWHF); selected participants of the programme in the Anglophone and the francophone countries, representatives of the national institutions, and community representatives. Consultants and resource persons from regional organizations and NGOs were also represented (UEMOA, NGO AAFEBEN, CNBU/Porto-Novo and the Department for the development and the promotion of tourism – DDPT).
The objectives of the review meeting in general was to reflect on the entrepreneurship programme at World Heritage sites in Africa with regards to format, achievements, challenges, and way forward.
Specific objectives included:
– Review the activities implemented in the framework of the programme
– Propose a format and an operational framework aiming at improving the results of the programme
– Identify any other action to improve communities’ concrete benefits from the inscription of the sites, including in the field of sustainable tourism.
The successful meeting was graced by and officially opened on 19th of May 2015 by the Director of EPA, Dr. Samuel Kidiba on behalf of all partners.