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Managing Transnational UNESCO World Heritage sites in Africa

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  • Highlights the achievements of Africa as a model region for transnational cooperation of heritage sites
  • Addresses the role of the World Heritage Convention in promoting cross-border collaboration
  • Presents chapters from a wide variety of leading experts, site managers, technical and financial partners among others to offer a comprehensive view on the topic

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Table of contents (17 chapters)


About this book

This open access book focuses on the management of transboundary UNESCO World Heritage sites in the Africa region. It highlights the region as a model of best practices on cross-border collaboration in view of enforcing the conservation of the site, engaging with local communities, and fighting against (in some cases) extremist groups inhabiting these sites. It also addresses the role of the World Heritage Convention in promoting transboundary cooperation and offers both an analysis and a list of priorities for improving the effective management of transboundary properties in sub-Saharan Africa defined.

This book presents chapters from experts, site managers, technical and financial partners, academics, and representatives of the private sector from 20 African countries and 15 institutions involved in African heritage management. It provides an opportunity to share current and planned initiatives at the transboundary sites inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, including the Maloti-Drakensberg Park (South Africa, Lesotho), W-Arly-Pendjari Complex (Benin, Burkina Faso, Niger), Sangha Trinational (Cameroon, Congo, Central African Republic), and Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls (Zambia, Zimbabwe). The publication further discusses African sites that could eventually be proposed for extension or nomination to the UNESCO World Heritage List in collaboration with the local and indigenous communities. This book is suitable for heritage specialists and readers interested in cross-border collaborations.

Editors and Affiliations

  • Associate Programme Officer, UNESCO World Heritage Centre, Paris, France

    Dodé Houehounha

  • Head of Office and Representative of UNESCO in Mali, UNESCO Office in Bamako, Bamako, Mali

    Edmond Moukala

About the editors

Dodé Houehounha is a Protected Areas specialist with almost 10 years of experience in governance and management of protected and conserved areas in Africa. He currently works at the Africa Unit of the World Heritage Centre as Associate Programme Officer. He has managed several projects and programmes, which promote the safeguarding of natural World Heritage sites as a driver for sustainable development. He holds a MBA in Leadership and International Business, a Forestry Engineer Diploma in Natural Resources Management and a Master degree in Protected Areas Management. He has authored and co-authored several scientific publications on conservation of natural resources. 

Edmond Moukala is the Head of Office and Representative of UNESCO in Mali. He has a master's degree in law and a degree in civil engineering. He has worked for UNESCO for more than 25 years, 16 of which in Asia. He specialises in the fields of heritage preservation, sustainable tourism,capacity building of local populations and dialogue of civilisations. He undertakes research in the areas of diplomatic relations between Africa and China, Africa and its development potential, comparative study of the case for Chinese economic development and its added value for African development. He is the editor and co-editor of several publications, including one on heritage conservation and sustainable development.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Managing Transnational UNESCO World Heritage sites in Africa

  • Editors: Dodé Houehounha, Edmond Moukala

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  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: History, History (R0)

  • Copyright Information: UNESCO 2023

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-80909-6Published: 03 March 2023

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-80912-6Published: 03 March 2023

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-80910-2Published: 02 March 2023

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XVIII, 202

  • Number of Illustrations: 1 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Archaeology, Archaeology, Archaeology

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