The National Heritage Council of Namibia (NHC) is a statutory organisation of the government of Namibia established under the National Heritage Act, No 27 of 2004.The institution has been in existence since 2004 when it replaced the National Monuments Council. It is the national administrative body responsible for the protection of Namibia’s natural and cultural heritage.
The core functions of the National Heritage Council are to:
• To advise the Minister on the state of Namibia’s heritage resources and on any steps necessary to protect and conserve them;
• To identify, conserve, protect and manage places and objects of heritage significance:
• To develop and revise from time to time criteria for assessing the heritage significance of places and objects and determining whether those places or objects warrant inclusion in the heritage register;
• To initiate measures for or with respect to the conservation of, the provision of access to, the presentation of, the publication of information concerning places or objects of heritage significance;
• To promote public understanding of Namibia’s heritage and develop and conduct community information and educations programs;
• To liaise with other bodies responsible for or engaged in activities, relating to the identification, protection, conservation, management and promotion of Namibia’s heritage.
The Namibian nation proudly shares in its cultural and natural heritage resources, reconciling cultures and sharing the benefits of growth in our diverse cultural identities.
Through identification, protection and management of the natural and cultural heritage of Namibia, as well as public education, and in accordance with our law and international conventions, we ensure that our heritage benefits current and future generations.