UNESCO Nomination project
The project aims to declare the Aasivissuit-Nipisat area UNESCO World Heritage by activating the research which has been made in the area since the 1970'es. If the area is declared World Heritage the potential for developing the tourism industry in the area will be significant.
A unique area
This long history is visible in the landscape in the form of the numerous ruins and traces left by the Arctic people. These include winter settlements with ruins of turf houses along the coast, cairns and trails from the coast to the caribou hunting camps and the remarkable caribou drive systems.
The area provides the most complete and best preserved record of arctic hunting traditions from 2500 BC onwards, demonstrating sustainable land use based on seasonal migrations between coast and mainland.
Jens Fog Jensen
Tel: +45 35339036
The project was started in 2010 and the nomination was sent in January 2017.
Decision about the nomination is expected september 2018
The project team consists of:
Jens Fog Jensen, Natural History Museum of Denmark
Morten Meldgaard, Natural History Museum of Denmark and Ilisimatusarfik
Paninnguaq Fleischer-Lyberth, Qeqqata Municipality
Anne-Christine Løventoft-Jessen, Sisimiut Museum
Laust Løgstrup, Qeqqata Municipality
Hans Holt Poulsen, Qeqqata Municipality
Ólafur Rafnar Ólafson, Arctic Circle Business Council