Year of inscription on the World Heritage List 2012
Year(s) of inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger N/A
Previous Committee Decisions see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1322/documents/
Requests approved: 0
Total amount approved: USD 5,000
For details, see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1322/assistance/
UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds
Total amount granted: USD 57,734 from the France-UNESCO Cooperation Agreement
Previous monitoring missions2013 and 2014: Technical assistance missions in the framework of the Convention France-UNESCO for management in 2013 and restoration of the ancient Palace of Justice in 2014 ; Technical Assistance mission for the AfriCAP2016 project financed by the European Union in the framework of the ACP Cultures+ Programme
Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports
Illustrative material see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1322/
Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2017
On 29 November 2016, the State Party sent a report on the state of conservation of the property, available at https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1322/documents/. This report indicates the progress made on a certain number of conservation issues addressed by the Committee at its previous sessions:
- Realization of a Sanitation Master Plan (SMP);
- Capitalization on the traditional know-how of fishermen to address the issue of sanitation and salubrity at the property;
- Training and tools for sustainable management of the property through two internships in France;
Analysis and Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre, ICOMOS and ICCROM
The State Party’s report provides concrete information on the actions taken since 2015, in particular with regard to ongoing and future restoration projects, building inventories, capacity building, mobilization of funds, and also initiatives for the sanitation and salubrity of the site. The report reaffirms the State Party’s commitment to the conservation and enhancement of the property.
The extensive documentation annexed to the report provides a more detailed description of the restoration projects for the CHH and the Palace of Justice, the redevelopment of the Boulevard Treich-Laplène, as well as the inventory work carried out on the land status of the property.
It is commendable that the measures initiated following the inscription of the property have been pursued and continue to benefit from assistance for the restoration and conservation of the public and privately-owned buildings in the framework of international cooperation and programmes such as AfriCAP2016, enabling support for training programmes. It is recommended that the Committee encourage the State Party to continue these programmes, ensuring the sustainability and capitalization on these measures.
The work carried out on the land ownership situation through inventory and documentary research, involving several national and international partner universities, as well as the methodology established to formulate restoration priorities, are also appreciated. Documentary research on the property should be carried out more thoroughly to ensure that the inventory is kept up to date, and to regularly verify the applicability of the regulatory texts for the conservation and sustainable and efficient management of the property.
The report again raises the issue of sanitation and salubrity at the property, notably emphasizing recourse to the traditional know-how of the fishermen of the village of N'zima to prevent the rooting of aquatic plants. It also highlights initiatives that mobilize the local community around projects through public-private partnerships. This approach is commendable, and it is necessary to strengthen the promotion, valorization and awareness of the local community for a greater appropriation of the conservation of the property by the community. In this sense, the creation of a revenue management system within the CHH is a positive measure and indicative of the community involvement by ensuring both the mobilization and management of funds, as well as artistic events and cultural activities to promote the property.
Concerning the project to reopen the mouth of the Comoé River, previous reports have already referred to the expected benefits of such a measure on the ecosystem as well as the important socio-economic impact, in particular enabling the return of the fishing activity in the lagoon. The report confirms that this project is still relevant and it is recommended that the Committee request the State Party to keep it informed of its implementation and impact.
The efforts undertaken for the promotion of the property through the installation of information panels in the town, and the awareness-raising and promotion campaigns to increase attractiveness for tourists are appreciated.
The State Party is aware of persistent anthropogenic and natural constraints such as sand extraction, illegal construction, coastal erosion, high humidity, and other factors that affect the property in the medium and long term. It is important that these factors are taken into account in the planning of conservation actions, and in particular, it is necessary to develop further measures to combat coastal erosion.
Decision Adopted: 41 COM 7B.67
The World Heritage Committee,