Decision : CONF 204 X.C.1
The Stone Town of Zanzibar (United Republic of Tanzania)
Property: The Stone Town of Zanzibar
Id. N°: 173 Rev
State Party: United Republic of Tanzania
Criteria: C (ii) (iii) (vi)
The Committee decided to inscribe this property on the World Heritage List on the basis of criteria (ii), (iii) and (vi):
Criterion (ii): The Stone Town of Zanzibar is an outstanding material manifestation of cultural fusion and harmonization.
Criterion (iii): For many centuries there was intense seaborne trading activity between Asia and Africa, and this is illustrated in an exceptional manner by the architecture and urban structure of the Stone Town.
Criterion (vi): Zanzibar has great symbolic importance in the suppression of slavery, since it was one of the main slave-trading ports in East Africa and also the base from which its opponents such as David Livingstone conducted their campaign.
The Committee requested the State Party to report to the twenty-sixth session of the Committee on the progress made in clarifying the co-ordinating and supervisory role and strengthening of the Stone Town Conservation and Development Authority.