Funding Strategies for World Heritage Sites in Least Developed Countries

Brijesh Thapa

in Cultural Heritage Management

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034607
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039510 | DOI:
Funding Strategies for World Heritage Sites in Least Developed Countries

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An international strategy adopted by UNESCO including many least developed countries (LDCs) encourages its members to identify and submit nominations for heritage sites to the World Heritage Committee. This chapter outlines different potential funding strategies, such as debt swaps, user fees, conservation taxes, and departure taxes for the conservation and management of World Heritage sites in LDCs. Many LDCs face the problem of gathering appropriate public support for nominating a heritage site. World Heritage sites in LDCs also face challenges including limited financial resources. Thus LDCs need to develop income generating mechanisms for funding a cultural heritage sector. LDC governments also need to exhibit political will, commitment, as well as legislation for protecting natural and cultural heritage resources.

Keywords: UNESCO; least developed countries; World Heritage Committee; debt swaps; user fees; conservation taxes; departure taxes; financial resources; income generating mechanisms; cultural heritage sector

Chapter.  6616 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Archaeological Methodology and Techniques

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