#SOSAfricanHeritage Fund supports COVID-19 resilience for East African World Heritage
Following seven grants received from the #SOSAfricanHeritage Fund for the Eastern Africa region in 2020, three new projects from Eastern Africa region have been selected to receive 2021 grants from the German Commission for UNESCO #SOSAfricanHeritage Fund, which aim to help World Heritage sites in the Africa region overcome impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on management and conservation.
This new funding brings the beneficiaries to ten World Heritage sites from five Eastern African countries. The 2020 recipients included: Simien National Park in Ethiopia; Sacred Mijikenda Kaya Forests and Mount Kenya National Park/Natural Forest in Kenya; Tsingy de Bemaraha Strict Nature Reserve and Bélo sur Mer Kirindy-Mite Biosphere Reserve in Madagascar; Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve in Seychelles; and Kilimanjaro National Park in Tanzania. The newly announced 2021 grants will benefit: Konso Cultural Landscape in Ethiopia; Tsimanampesotse Biosphere Reserve in Madagascar; and the Sacred Mijikenda Kaya Forests in Kenya.
The short-term financial and technical support from #SOSAfricanHeritage aims to help maintain independent and sustainable organizational structures at these UNESCO-designated sites with the participation of civil society. The projects are also encouraged to ensure spaces dedicated to global citizenship education, sustainability and cultural diversity.