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The World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies consider it extremely urgent to find appropriate solutions for the waste disposal problems present at the property.

d) Management plan

The 2008-2009 management and conservation plan prepared by the National Direction for Cultural Heritage, was completed and submitted to the World Heritage Centre in October 2008. This management plan aims at encouraging the establishment of an integrated conservation and management system involving the living site (the town of Djenné itself) and the archaeological sites, promotion of expertise and local know-how of the populations in the field of conservation of earthen architecture, improvement of tourism and continued efforts for the revitalisation of the ensemble of the ancient fabric.

Draft Decision:

34 COM 7B.47

The World Heritage Committee,

  • 1.

    Having examined Document WHC-10/34.COM/7B.Add,

  • 2.

    Recalling Decision 32 COM 7B.50, adopted by its 32nd session (Quebec, 2008),

  • 3.

    Welcomes with satisfaction the completion of the 2008-2012 conservation and

management plan, and the initiative of a pilot project for conservation in the framework of the World Heritage Earthen Architecture Programme;

  • 4.

    Reiterates its concern with regard to the absence of control tools (town planning and construction regulations) to mitigate the changes operating on the ancient built fabric and threats to the integrity of the archaeological sites;

  • 5.

    Recalls that the archaeological sites are an integral part of the property and that their loss would alter the Outstanding Universal Value of the property, and requests the State Party to halt all construction projects planned in these sites;

  • 6.

    Calls upon the international donor community to support actions to provide responses adapted to the waste disposal problems in the ancient fabric;

  • 7.

    Also requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre the prepared town planning and construction regulations as well as clarifications on the boundaries of the property and its buffer zone following the topographical survey of January 2008, by 1 December 2010;

8.

Further requests the State Party to submit, by 1 February 2012, a report on the state of conservation of the property and on progress achieved to resolve the waste disposal problems as well as the problems experienced at the archaeological sites, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 36th session in 2012.

State of conservation of World Heritage properties inscribed on the World Heritage List

WHC-10/34.COM/7B.Add, p. 86

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