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Decision : 34 COM 8B.12
Cultural Properties - Fort Jesus, Mombasa (Kenya)

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Documents WHC-10/34.COM/8B and WHC-10/34.COM/INF.8B1,

2. Refers the examination of the nomination on the basis of cultural criteria of Fort Jesus, Mombasa, Kenya, back to the State Party to allow it to:

a) Further develop the nomination to demonstrate that the nominated property possesses outstanding universal value;

b) Expand the comparative analysis to include other relevant fortresses and go beyond the Portuguese context;

c) Amend the designation notice so as to eliminate the discrepancy between the sizes of the conservation area and the buffer zone;

d) Include the guidelines for the conservation of the Old Town (1990 Conservation Plan) in the bylaw so as to strengthen protection and facilitate management;

e) Revive the Mombasa Old Town Planning Commission and provide means for its functioning;

f) Reinforce the Mombasa Old Town Conservation Office (MOTCO) in terms of human resources and clarify its role;

g) Establish a holistic management structure for the Old Town that involves all the stakeholders, and in particular the local community, the municipal council, and the managers of the nominated property;

h) Establish rigorous monitoring of the erosion of the coral rock that forms the foundations of the Fort;

i) Consider the inclusion of the underwater archaeological remains in the nominated property;

3. Recommends that the State Party give consideration to the following:

 a) Relocating the car/bus parking area for visitors outside the moat for reasons of visual and functional integrity and authenticity;

 b) Adding maintenance concerns to the Management Plan, including regular documenting of the state of conservation of the Fort.

Themes: Inscriptions on the World Heritage List
States Parties: Kenya
Properties: Fort Jesus, Mombasa
Year: 2010
Decision Code: 34 COM 8B.12