Decision : 31 COM 8B.21
Nomination of natural, mixed and cultural properties to the world heritage list - Sacred Mijikenda Kaya Forests

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Documents WHC-07/31.COM/8B and WHC-07/31.COM/INF.8B.1,

2. Refers the nomination of the Sacred Mijikenda Kaya Forests, Kenya, to the World Heritage List back to the State Party to allow it to:

     a) Carry out documentation and surveys of the cultural and natural aspects of the kayas, and historical research from oral, written and archaeological sources, in order to reconsider and justify the inclusion of the selected sites in the nomination and to justify the application of the criteria.

     b) Designate all kayas as National Monuments.

     c) Further develop the draft management plan to integrate the conservation of cultural and natural resources and traditional and non-traditional conservation and management practices, and to support sustainable development initiatives which allow full participation of, and benefit to, local communities.

     d) In the short term, consider how further protective measures may be put in place to ensure no further erosion of the kayas in the face of threats from development, extraction and poaching.

     e) Consider ways to identify and protect the settings of the kayas from major developmental threats, particularly mining.

3. Recommends the State Party to consider, in the future, a renomination of this property to add criterion (vi) to represent the sacred spaces and traditional knowledge and practices of the Mijikenda people.

 Decisions Report
Context of Decision
Themes: Inscriptions on the World Heritage List
States Parties: Kenya
Year: 2007
Decision Code: 31 COM 8B.21