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Norway government will preserve world heritage abroad, but not in Norway.

Through the Oil Fund, Norway has taken action to preserve 40,000-year-old rock art in Indonesia. However, at home, the government has given the green light for development in an area with rock carvings, writes NRK.

In 2022, the Indonesian mining company Semen Tonasa was put on an observation list for three years due to the risk of damaging prehistoric cultural heritage.The Norwegian Oil Fund was the one who took action and put Indonesian cultural heritage under observation. The reason was that the company’s mining operations were in an area that threatened 40,000-year-old rock art.

The rock carvings in Maros-Pangkep in South Sulawesi are considered the oldest in the world. This week, a Norwegian cultural heritage site has come under scrutiny, after the Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation approved a quarry on the mountain top Aksla in Bremanger in Western Norway.

The quarry is located near the Vingen rock carving site, which is the second-largest rock carving site in Norway and one of the largest in Northern Europe, with over 2,000 figures.”It is remarkable that the government is putting ancient rock carvings at risk, while the Oil Fund is putting an Indonesian company on the observation list because of their activities near irreplaceable cultural heritage in Indonesia,” says Alfred Bjørlo, a Member of Parliament for the Liberal Party.

 

 

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