The statutes


Statutes for the foundation named as The Nærøyfjord World Heritage Park:

In addition to these statues, the foundation has to abide by the law in regards to foundations dated 15.06.01, number 59. If a contradiction is found between the law and the statutes, the law has priority.

§ 1 Establishment

The foundation is a general foundation with its headquarters in the municipality of Aurland. The foundation was established by the municipalities of Aurland, Vik, Voss and Lærdal alongside the county of Sogn og Fjordane at the establishment meeting on the 14th of September, 2007.

§ 2 Purpose

The purpose of the foundation is to coordinate the collective efforts in regards to the world heritage status of the Nærøyfjord area. The running of the foundation is regulated through its own separate Park Agreement. The Park Agreement should run in harmony with a common municipal level plan for the area.

The Nærøyfjord World Heritage Park should build on the fact that the local community has ownership of the area’s natural and cultural values and actively promote international conservation values through the development of the local economy, culture and identity.

The Nærøyfjord World Heritage Park should create meeting places and develop partnerships through a changing and diverse list of initiatives that promotes the purpose of the park.

The Nærøyfjord World Heritage Park should help to develop the local hosting roles in order to promote a value-creating communication between the local community and the outside world.

§ 3 Capital

The foundation has a minimum capital of NOK 300 000.

§ 4 The Board of Directors

The board of directors is the highest authority of the foundation.

Election period

Each member of the board is elected for a two year period at a time. In order to ensure overlapping on the board it is made so that some board members step down in years ending with an even number, whilst the rest step down in years ending with an odd number.


The foundation’s board should consist of nine members, each with a personal deputy. The board should have the following composition:

• Four board members are elected by the park meeting based on their background from the hamlets, organisations and networks that are active partners in the park. These stand for election at the first normal meeting after the foundation is established. At the founding of the organisation, these board members are appointed by the founders.

• Five board members are to be elected by each founder appointing one member each, unless other arrangements are made amongst the founders.

The board elects its own chairman and deputy chairman.

The board can elect and allocate authority to a Work Committee.

The general manager has a right to attend and speak during board meetings.


The board’s main duties are as follows:

 • Maintain responsibility for the running of the foundation

Fulfil the duties put upon the board by the law for foundation.

To prepare long-term business plans and budgets.

To prepare and gain approval on the annual report and annual accounts, and to carry out the end of year accounts.

To elect any advisory boards and committees

To appoint a general manager, business manager or other employees and determine pay and working conditions for these.

To deal with amendments to the statutes and questions in regards to dissolving the foundation (restructuring).

To determine more detailed guidelines for the operation and instructions for any subordinate parties.

Board meetings

For board meetings the following applies:

• The board makes decisions, but confer with the Foundations Act, §31

• The board is summoned by the chairman or when at least two members demand a meeting.

• The board can make decisions when at least five members, including the chairman or the deputy chairman, are present.

Board decisions are made when a majority vote is obtained. If the votes are tied, the casting vote lies with the chairman, but this must be in conjunction with the Foundations Act, § 33, article 2

A book of minutes must be kept of the board meetings. The minutes should be signed by all the board members present at the meeting

§ 5 The Park Meeting

The park meeting is an annual meeting for the founders and partners of the organisation. The partners consist of regional authorities (state, county, and municipalities), organisations and businesses which have made a partnership agreement approved by the board of directors. According to §36 in the Foundations Act, the park meeting has the authority to elect board members in accordance with §4 in the foundation’s statutes. The park meeting can elect an election committee to prepare the election and put forward names of candidates for the board of directors. All partners are entitled to attend, speak at and cast votes at the park meeting. The founders do not however participate in the election of the board members that according to § 4 should be chosen at the park meeting. Decisions are made based on a majority vote. Minutes must be taken at the park meeting.

§ 6 The Park Agreement

The park agreement is the superior strategy and management document for the park. The park agreement has its foundation in the Nature Conservation Act and includes a conservation plan, an administrative plan and may also contain a common municipal sub-plan. An extensive geograhipcal plan must be included in each municipality’s own pled in each municipality'ust be included in each municipality['  meeting.unders.

 the rest step down an and in the partnership agreement. In addition to this the park agreement includes a part that consists of the partnership agreement between the foundation and the individual partners.The park agreement gives the board of directors the authority to appoint thematic work groups and forums. The partners are obligated to undertake tasks concerning organisation and participation in such work groups.

§ 7 Audits, Accounts, Control, etc.

An auditor is appointed by the founders.

The foundation has to keep accounts in accordance with the Accounting Act.

Annual accounts, annual report and auditor’s report must be submitted to the Registry of Accounting within one month of the yearly accounts having been completed, in line with the Accounting Act § 8-2. 

§ 8 Day- to-day management

The day-to day management of the foundation is the responsibility of a general manager. The general manager may be a director, the chairman of the board, a business manager or a person hired from without the foundation.

The general manager is responsible for running the foundation in accordance with the statutes and the board’s instructions.

The general manager prepares cases for the board of directors and is responsible for ensuring the keeping of the meeting protocol.

The board is responsible for determining the responsibilities of the general manager.

§ 9 External representation

The board of directors represents the foundation externally. The board may give board members or the general manager the right to represent the foundation externally in accordance with the Foundations Act § 38.

§ 10 restructuring

1. Statutes amendments

The board of directors may pass amendments to the statutes, thus giving them the ability to restructure the organisationdrøftast i parkmøtet.

ermining the responsibilites nership agreement between the foundation and the .

Any changes have to be discussed at the park meeting before a decision can be made.

2. Dissolving, etc.

The board of directors may with a 2/3 majority to decide to dissolve, merge or demerge the foundation, thus giving them the ability to restructure the organisationdrøftast i parkmøtet.

ermining the responsibilites nership agreement between the foundation and the .

Any changes have to be discussed at the park meeting before a decision can be made.

3. Approval by the Foundation Authority

Amendments to the statutes, the dissolving of the foundations or any other restructuring must be approved by the Foundation Authority.


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