New Collaboration with Trust for African Rock Art

The Prince Claus Fund is excited to announce the launch of a two-year collaboration with the Trust for African Rock Art (TARA). Under this collaboration, both organisations will pool their experience, financial resources, and networks to stop destruction of rock art sites across the African continent.

Africa is widely considered to have the greatest diversity of rock art of any continent. These rockart sites – listed or not – face numerous conservation challenges in areas experiencing new development such as residential or agricultural encroachment, uncontrolled quarrying and deforestation for charcoal burning, graffiti and vandalism. The collaboration between the Prince Claus Fund’s Cultural Emergency Response programme and TARA strives to address these challenges, identifying alternative economic uses of rock art sites to offset destructive forces, while at the same time increasing their social and cultural value among the local populations.

Under the collaboration, approximately 7 exemplary projects will be selected that will not only have a direct and profound impact mitigating damages but can also serve as examples in the field of rock art preservation. This builds on previous successful projects that TARA and the Prince Claus Fund have collaborated on, including the protection of unique life-sized art in Niger (see photo) and newly discovered rock art sites threatened by mining in Kenya.

The Prince Claus Fund and TARA are looking forward to jointly focusing on raising awareness on protracting disasters and engaging with models through which heritage can be made an intrinsic part of economic development.Together a strong voice will be raised that addresses the impact economic development has on cultural heritage and will offer alternatives for the co-existence of heritage preservation and new development.

New Collaboration with Trust for African Rock Art

"New Collaboration with Trust for African Rock Art"

Trust for  African Rock Art (TARA)

Trust for African Rock Art (TARA)

TARA is an international, Nairobi-based organisation committed to recording the rich rock art heritage of the African continent, to making this information widely accessible and, to the extent possible, safeguarding those sites most threatened by humans and nature. To achieve its mission, TARA works closely with communities where rock art is found as well as with national and international heritage bodies including the UNESCO World Heritage Centre. 

CER provides rapid and effective emergency relief for cultural heritage damaged or destroyed by man-made or natural disasters. Launched in 2003 in reaction to the looting and demolition of artworks from the National Museum of Iraq, CER believes that rescuing cultural heritage provides hope and consolation to affected communities and thereby contributes to restoring human dignity, continuity and a sense of identity. Culture is a basic need and cultural emergency relief should therefore be an integral part of humanitarian aid.

New Collaboration with Trust for African Rock Art

 
 
 
 

New Collaboration with Trust for African Rock Art

The Prince Claus Fund is excited to announce the launch of a two-year collaboration with the Trust for African Rock Art (TARA). Under this collaboration, both organisations will pool their experience, financial resources, and networks to stop destruction of rock art sites across the African continent. Africa is widely considered to have the greatest diversity of rock art of any continent. These rockart...