The World Heritage Park comprises of partners that range from local persons, representatives from local agriculture, industry, voluntary organisations and local administrations. The foundation of the partnership is based on a partnership agreement (Norwegian only) that describes an obligatory cooperation to promote the world heritage values of the Nærøyfjord area through sustainable development. Participation in the partnership is voluntary for local businesses and organisations and it can lay the foundation for new value creation and development of both natural and cultural heritage resources in the area.
As a direct cause of the partnerships, participants can benefit from the World Heritage Park’s competence, network and brand, and they may also qualify for earmarked public funds. At the same time the agreement includes an obligation to work towards safeguarding the world heritage values through sustainable development.
You can find out more about the partners in their dedicated section of the website.
The Partner Handbook
In the summer of 2014 the Nærøyfjord World Heritage Park developed a handbook for their partners. This has resulted in that as part of the partnership agreement it now expected that partners act in accordance with what is outlined in the book. The handbook has been developed as a tool in the continuing development of the Nærøyfjord World Heritage Park and it includes information about the background, visions, goals and identity of the park. This is from the first part of the handbook, which also covers the role that the World Heritage Park should play in the local community, who the partners are and what a partnership entails.
The second part of the handbook is there to offer guidance to the partners in how to correctly utilise the profile that has been developed for the World Heritage Park. This includes when partners are acting as ambassadors for the park and the area, as well as when partners are acting to highlight their business, or to highlight the partnership with the World Heritage park.
The following extract has been taken from the handbook:
“Highlighting the partnership and utilising the park’s profile should result in an increase of value for the partner. The park’s logo and the partnership logo exist to highlight the partner’s role as a value creator within the world heritage area, while simultaneously being a seal of approval of the value creation that takes place in compliance with the partnership agreement, as well as the values that lies at the heart of the Nærøyfjord World Heritage Park.”
You can read more about the Partner’s Handbook here: The Nærøyfjord World Heritage Park Partner's Handbook (Norwegian only).