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Liberia: Deputy Minister Gbagonyon Praises UNESCO and Partners On Heritage Sites Selection for Liberia

France, UNESCO — Deputy Minister for Culture Affairs and Tourism at the Ministry of Information, Culture Affairs and Tourism, Lance Gbagonyon has underscored and acknowledged the support and partnership of UNESCO, The African Heritage Fund, the Japanese Government and the UNESCO Africa Unit for Liberia’s desire for its recognition of Liberia’s heritage sites.

Mr. Gbayonyon extols the excellent partnership and support it has been receiving from its many partners and welcomes the implementation of the Liberia heritage project, especially the portion that deals with capacity-building thus ensuring that the project achieves its intended purpose adding that Liberia will be honored and grateful to boost Liberia’s cultural sector, for heritage sites in Liberia to be listed on the World Heritage Site.

Speaking on March 18, 2022 at a Capacity-building Program for the Nomination of World Heritage site Project held at UNESCO in Paris, France via Zoom, Deputy Minister Gbagonyon said working with stakeholders, Liberia has identified about twenty (20) tentative sites which have been shortlisted and forwarded for assessment and possible nomination.

Key amongst the sites are the East Nimba Reserve, the Sapo National Park, Lake Piso, Blue Lake, the Marshall Wetland, Kpatawee Waterfall, the Krahn-Bassa proposed protected area, Grand Kru-Rivergee proposed protected area, the Gola Forest among others.

He mentioned that before this project, the Ministry was working with UNESCO to identified four (4) heritage sites and recommended Two (2) to be placed on the world heritage site listing.

He mentioned that the Ministry is working with the House of Representatives through the House’s Committee Chairman on Executive, Hon. Acarious Gray to ratify six (6) major UNESCO Cultural Conventions that Liberia is a signatory.