Decision : 31 COM 7B.52
Island of Gorée (Senegal)

The World Heritage Committee,

1.       Having examined Document WHC-07/31.COM/7B,

2.       Recalling Decision 30 COM 7B.43, adopted at its 30th session (Vilnius, 2006),

3.       Takes note of the efforts undertaken by the State Party to improve the state of conservation and accessibility to the property ;

4.       Encourages the States Parties of Senegal and Qatar to finalise the proposed coastal rehabilitation project for the Island of Gorée, and requests the World Heritage Centre to provide technical support to the two parties ;

5.       Notes with concern the installation of small businesses and the illegal occupation of the protected areas ;

6.       Requests the State Party to urgently appoint the site manager, and apply the regulations in force throughout the territory of the property, notably with regard to the illegal occupation of the protected areas;

7.       Recalls Decision 28 COM 15B.42, in which the State Party was invited to elaborate strategies aiming to initiate corrective measures to limit the negative impact of the replica of the Gorée-Almadies Memorial, and after having studied the different possibilities, considers that satisfactory measures would not have any significant positive impact  ;

8.       Further requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, before 1 February 2009, a detailed report on the state of conservation of the property for examination by the Committee at its 33rd session in 2009, in particular on progress achieved in the implementation of the coastal rehabilitation project for the Island of Gorée, and the rehabilitation of the achitectural heritage.

 Decisions Report
Context of Decision
Themes: Conservation
States Parties: Senegal
Properties: Island of Gorée
Year: 2007
Decision Code: 31 COM 7B.52