In January 2005, Sierra Leone became a State party to the 1972 Convention and identified, in 2012, in its first Tentative List the sites that could potentially be proposed for inscription on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. This year, in January 2022, this Tentative List was updated to include Gola-Tiwai complex as the potential site for the country’s first nomination dossier.
Being among the 12 African countries without a site inscribed, Sierra Leone is currently receiving substantial support under the “Capacity-building programme for the nomination of World Heritage sites in the Africa Region’’ through the UNESCO/Japan-Funds-In-Trust that targets 10 African countries without inscribed properties on the UNESCO World Heritage List to prepare and submit strong and credible nomination dossiers.
To mark its commitment, Sierra Leone mobilized a national technical team to prepare the nomination of the natural site of the Gola-Tiwai Complex with the support of a group of international UNESCO experts, with a target to submit the inscription proposal by January 2023.
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