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Province Pledges $2.5 Million to Landscape of Grand Pre World Heritage Trust

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Published on Nov 14, 2011

Interview with Gerald Boudreau, co-chairman of Nomination Grand Pre. Thanks to Innovative Systems for the video footage.
Support Announced for the Landscape of Grand Pré Communities, Culture and Heritage
Posted on November 14, 2011
November 14, 2011 11:12 AM
The landscape of Grand Pré could receive $2.5 million in provincial funding if the nomination proposal to become a UNESCO world heritage site is successful.

The province is setting up a contingent trust to ensure that funds would be available to manage the Grand Pré World Heritage Site. The trust would help the Grand Pré World Heritage Site Stewardship Board operate the site, provide interpretation and heritage protection and support promotional campaigns and research activities.

"We are ever hopeful for a successful outcome for Grand Pré," said David Wilson, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage.
"Our commitment, if the proposal is successful, will support the preservation of an extraordinary landscape for Nova Scotians, Canadians and international visitors."

"The provincial contingent trust represents an invaluable anchor of support for the nomination bid and the communities that have engaged in the process," said Peter Herbin, co-chair of Nomination Grand Pré. "It is a strong, clear commitment that further underscores our belief in the landscape of Grand Pré as an international treasure."

The provincial and federal governments, as well as the Municipality of the County of Kings, the Kings Regional Development Agency, the Grand Pré and Area Community Association, Société Promotion Grand-Pré, Société nationale de l'Acadie and the Grand Pré Marsh Body signed letters of support in January to confirm their commitment to the proposal.

The proposal aims to focus the world's attention on the agricultural value of the dykelands and on the symbolic importance of the landscape to Acadians worldwide.

Nomination Grand Pré submitted the proposal in February. As part of the nomination process, the International Council on Monuments and Sites conducted an on-site evaluation in September.
A decision on the designation is expected in July.

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