The West Norwegian Fjords were inscribed onto UNESCO’s World Heritage List on the 14th of July 2005 and the World Heritage Council was founded on the 31st of January 2006 as a link in the further development of what comes with such a status.
The council’s most important assignment is to contribute to a development in the area which is in keeping with the world heritage status. The council exists to promote and secure collaboration between the regional world heritage foundations as well as contribute to necessary information exchanges between local, regional and national participants in the two areas that fall under the West Norwegian Fjords.
The council’s goal is to be an important arena for discussion, advice and clarification in cases which may impact the world heritage status of the Geirangerfjord and the Nærøyfjord community. The guidelines were first set on the 31st of January 2006 and were most recently revised by the World Heritage Council on the 27th of March 2014.
Guidelines – The world heritage council for the West Norwegian Fjords
Purpose – To ensure that the world heritage statues is looked after in line with the intentions of the World Heritage Convention, the guidelines of the Convention and the administrative plan for the world heritage area.
The members of the council:
The members of the council consist of the mayors of the municipalities of Stranda, Aurland, Vik, Norddal, Lærdal and Voss, the county mayors of the counties of Møre og Romsdal, Sogn of Fjordane and Hordaland and the county governors of Møre og Romsdal, Sogn og Fjordane and Hordaland.
The observers of the council are made up of one representative each from the Aurland and Geiranger branches of the Norwegian Nature Supervision Agency (SNO), one representative from the Directorate for Cultural Heritage, the conservation administrator from the Nærøyfjord and the conservation administrator from the Geirangerfjord, the chairman of the board for Geirangerfjord World Heritage, the chairman of the board for the Nærøyfjord World Heritage Park and a representative from the Ministry of Climate and Environment who participates when needed.
The secretariat is the responsibility of the World Heritage coordinator. Each member of the council may choose to bring their own assessor if wanted or needed. The observers of the council have the right to attend and speak at the meeting, but they do not have the right vote on council matters.