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Committee Decisions

36 COM 7A.18

Tombs of Buganda Kings at Kasubi (Uganda) (C 1022)

1.   Having examined document WHC-12/36.COM/7A.Add,

2.   Recalling Decision 35 COM 7A.17, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011),

3.   Welcomes the progress made by the State Party in the implementation of the adopted corrective measures, and in the reconstruction of the Muzibu Azaala Mpanga in particular, and urges it to continue its efforts in collaboration with the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies;

4.   Also welcomes the support by the Government of Japan through UNESCO to address the fire fighting and disaster risk management component of the reconstruction of the Muzibu Azaala Mpanga, as well as the research on traditional thatching of royal tombs;

5.   Takes note with appreciation of the important contributions to be provided by the Government of Uganda and the Buganda Kingdom, for the reconstruction of the Muzibu Azaala Mpanga;

6.   Also takes note of the results of the reactive monitoring mission to the property and encourages the State Party to implement its recommendations, in particular:

a)  Continue the research project, through enhanced partnerships with universities and other allied institutions, and implement actions to reflect traditional architectural knowledge and to witness traditions, such as in the reconstruction of the custodians’ houses or in the design of the Interpretation Centre,

b)  Define a comprehensive capacity building strategy and identify resources to address gaps in technical capacity critical for the implementation of the reconstruction strategy, including documentation, visitor management, risk management, among others,

c)  Prioritize the development of the Master Plan to address critical issues such as landscape management, urban pressure, enforcement of regulatory measures and increased collaboration between the different levels of authority and stakeholders,

d)  Finalize the development of the risk management strategy and train staff on disaster risk management measures,

e)  Develop a comprehensive interpretation and public awareness programme;

7.   Requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2013, an updated report on the state of conservation of the property and the implementation of the above, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 37th session in 2013;

8.   Decides to retain Tombs of Buganda Kings at Kasubi (Uganda) on the List of World Heritage in Danger.

Themes: Conservation, Capacity Building, Reports, List of World Heritage in Danger, Reinforced Monitoring
States Parties: Uganda
Session: 36COM