Decision : 33 COM 7B.48
Island of Gorée (Senegal) (C 26)

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-09/33.COM/7B.Add,

2. Recalling Decision 31 COM 7B.52, adopted at its 31st session (Christchurch, 2007),

3. Takes note with satisfaction of the creation of a Safeguarding Committee for the management of the property by the State Party;

4. Notes the progress made by the State Party in regard to the collection of a tourist tax and the use of the derive revenue from it for the daily maintenance of the property;

5. Expresses strong concern about the ongoing erosion of the coastline, particularly in the western part of the island, and its effect on the Relais de l'Espadon and other buildings in the area;

6. Also expresses concern about the lack of progress on the conservation of the architectural heritage, and on the development of adequate measures to resolve the problems of squatting and illegal occupation of lands;

7. Encourages the State Party to elaborate a package of proposals to be presented to potential donors to allow it to carry out the implementation of needed conservation works, and requests the World Heritage Centre to assist the State Party in the creation of this package;

8. Reiterates its request to the State Party to appoint a site manager for the property as soon as possible to ensure the implementation of the necessary conservation and management activities;

9. Requests the State Party to invite a joint World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS/ICCROM reactive monitoring mission to examine progress made on the points above, and in particular possible and ascertained or potential threats of coastal erosion and its effect on the architectural heritage;

10. Also requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre a report on the state of conservation of the property by 1 February 2011, with respect to the points above for the consideration of the World Heritage Committee at its 35th session in 2011.

 Decisions Report
Context of Decision
Themes: Conservation
States Parties: Senegal
Properties: Island of Gorée
Year: 2009
Decision Code: 33 COM 7B.48