Grant for strengthening the private sector's commitment to the protection of natural World Heritage, 2020

Project: Building climate adaptation capacities at natural World Heritage sites - especially in Africa - with a focus on communication, training and fundraising.

Beneficiary: Unesco

Amount: USD 99,951

Duration: 2020 - 2022

Studies show that more than half of all natural World Heritage sites are threatened by large-scale industrial projects, with adverse effects on the ecosystem. In recent years, the World Heritage Centre has therefore entered into discussions with, among others, the mining and oil sectors and the insurance and banking sectors in order to avoid projects being undertaken or financed in or near World Heritage sites. Sounding names such as Shell, Total, Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan, as well as the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) have therefore subscribed to a 'No Go Commitment'.

This project proposal aims to build on those experiences and take a more strategic and structural approach to the various discussions and business engagements, with the following concrete objectives:

  • The elaboration and launch of an online inventory with all companies and sector organizations that have already formally signed the 'No Go Commitment'.
  • The further elaboration of criteria for a minimum standard for the 'No Go Commitment'.
  • The development of strategic communication materials aimed at the private sector, including an event, a web page and promotional materials for social media.