Established in 1992, the World Heritage Centre is the focal point and coordinator within the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for all matters related to World Heritage. The Centre’s staff have substantial knowledge about the biodiversity within natural World Heritage sites, and are well-placed to evaluate efforts to protect that biodiversity.
The Centre coordinates:
- all World Heritage site nomination and evaluation processes;
- international reporting on the condition of World Heritage sites; and
- emergency action undertaken when a site is threatened.
The Fondation Franz Weber (FFW), with the aim of preserving the sites threatened by local entrepreneurs has often mobilized the international press and the worldwide public. It has also organised activities to raise awareness among local communities, programmes for the promotion of renewable resources and sustainable development. The protection of animals and their natural habitat is also included in the campaign and action programmes promoted by the FFW.
The founder of FFW, Franz Weber (born July 27, 1927 in Basel, Switzerland) is an environmentalist and animal welfare activist. Franz Weber began his career as a journalist and reporter in 1965. For his efforts and engagement he won many prizes and honors (1974 Weber Honorary Citizen Texas, 1978 German Prize for Conservation of Nature, 1979 German Medal of Environment, 1981 European Prize for Land Conservation, 1986 Hans Adalbert Schweigart Medal , 2007 Swiss “Tierweltpreis” ).
The FFW is providing support for the RRF to respond to serious risks to World Heritage sites.
Fauna & Flora International has over a century of experience in the conservation of threatened species and ecosystems worldwide. FFI operates primarily in developing countries, often focusing on building the capacity of local organisations in their efforts to protect biodiversity.
FFI has a strong history of undertaking conservation efforts in post-disaster or post-conflict situations – for example, in Cambodia, Liberia, and in Aceh following the 2004 tsunami. FFI also has substantial experience in the effective and transparent management of funding programmes, through the Conservation Leadership Program, Flagship Species Fund and Halcyon Land & Sea Fund.