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Committee Decisions

37 COM 7A.21

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

The World Heritage Committee,

1.   Having examined Document WHC-13/37.COM/7A.Add,

2.   Recalling Decision 36 COM 7A.18 , adopted at its 36th session (Saint-Petersburg, 2012),

3.   Welcomes the continued progress made by the State Party on preliminary work for the major reconstruction project on the Muzibu Azaala Mpanga, in particular the continuing research on traditional architecture, the training of craftspeople, capacity building in skills, and pilot re-building projects, and   urges   it to continue its efforts in collaboration with the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies;

4.   Notes that no revised timeline for the Muzibu Azaala Mpanga project has been provided, or a critical path established with proposed benchmarks, as recommended by the 2011 mission; and also urges the State Party to progress on these as soon as possible;

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

6.   Thanks the Government of Japan for providing additional funding, and for its continuing support through UNESCO to the re-construction project, in particular towards fire fighting and disaster risk management, and for research on thatching of royal tombs;

7.   Also notes the progress made with the development by the Buganda Kingdom, in consultation with the Government, of a phased draft Master Plan for the reconstruction and conservation of the entire property;

8.   Reiterates the need for the Master Plan to address wider issues than the restoration project, such as urban encroachment and unregulated urban development that can pose additional threats to the property, and to include appropriate regulations, guidelines and a work plan and timeframe for its implementation; and requests the State Party to submit the Master Plan to the World Heritage Centre for review by the Advisory Bodies;

9.    Also takes note of the capacity building work that has been undertaken, especially the continuing research on traditional architecture, the training of craftspeople, and development of skills needed for the project, and further notes the need for capacity building to be structured, as recommended by the 2011 mission;

10.  Suggests that a fully-fledged capacity building strategy still needs to be put in place to include components such as maintenance, resources management, conservation and documentation training, among others, and also requests the State Party to submit this strategy to the World Heritage Centre for review by the Advisory Bodies;

11.  Further takes note of progress made with the first phase of an interpretation and public awareness programme on the restoration of the property, and further urges the State Party to continue this work through the development of the second phase of this programme;

12.  Encourages the State Party to invite an ICOMOS advisory mission to the property in order to provide technical advice on the continued implementation of the reconstruction project and appropriate monitoring arrangements;

13.  Further requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2014 , an updated report on the state of conservation of the property, and on the implementation of the above and the recommendations of the 2011 mission, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 38th session in 2014;

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

Themes: Conservation, List of World Heritage in Danger, Outstanding Universal Value
States Parties: Uganda
Session: 37COM