Decision : 29 COM 7B.35
Lamu Old Town (Kenya)

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-05/29.COM/7B.Rev,

2. Recalling its Decision 28 COM 15B.39, adopted at its 28th session (Suzhou, 2004),

3. Acknowledges the receipt of a Status Report of Lamu Cultural Site, prepared by National Museums of Kenya, Lamu Town planning and Conservation Office;

4. Reiterates its request to the State Party of Kenya to initiate and develop a management plan for Lamu Old Town;

5. Recommends that the State Party implement and address the recommendations made by the Committee at its 28th session (Suzhou, 2004), including the recommendation to explore the possibility of extending the core and buffer zone of the property to include the Shella Sand Dunes and the mangrove area on Manda Island, in order to ensure the integrity of the World Heritage property;

6. Takes note of the findings of the UNESCO mission to assess the situation on water distribution, solid and liquid waste, in relation to public health, and welcomes the pilot project targeting minimal hygienic conditions necessary to bring about a sanitary and social improvement;

7. Invites donors to support the project for the rehabilitation of Lamu's water and sanitation structures, as well as its solid waste management;

8. Requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2006,a progress report on the implementation of the recommendations made by the joint 2003 UNESCO/ICOMOS mission, for examination by the Committee at its 30th session (Vilnius, 2006).

 Decisions Report
Context of Decision
  • Management plan
Themes: Conservation
Focal Point: AFR
States Parties: Kenya
Properties: Lamu Old Town
Year: 2005
Decision Code: 29 COM 7B.35