Decision : 36 COM 7B.44
Old Towns of Djenné (Mali) (C 116 rev)

The World Heritage Committee,

1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B,

2.   Recalling Decision 34 COM 7B.47, adopted at its 34th session (Brasilia, 2010),

3.   Acknowledges the information provided on the state of conservation of the property and the measures implemented in regard to its conservation;

4.   Notes with concern the conservation conditions at the property and the lack of significant progress made in implementing the management and conservation plans;

5.   Expresses its regret at the demolition of the Old Courthouse, a significant and prominent example of the Djenné architectural style, that had been renovated as part of an urban restoration project and considers that its destruction impacts adversely on the integrity of the property and that it is symptomatic of the lack of adoption of developed planning tools;

6.   Urges the State Party to cooperate with the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies, as well as any other relevant international bodies, to put in place measures to address pressing concerns regarding implementation of regulatory measures to control development pressures, conservation conditions of the built heritage and sanitation;

7.   Requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 December 2012, a boundary clarification in the framework of the Retrospective Inventory process;

8.   Also requests the State Party to invite a joint World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS reactive monitoring mission to assess the state of conservation of the property, in particular the vulnerability of its distinctive architecture, the conditions of the archaeological components of the property and development proposals for different sectors, and to develop an action plan for the implementation of priority conservation and protection measures;

9.   Further requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2013, a report on the state of conservation of the property and on the steps taken to implement the above, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 37th session in 2013, with a view to considering, in the case of confirmation of ascertained or potential danger to the Outstanding Universal Value, the possible inscription of the property on the List of World Heritage in Danger

 Decisions Report
Context of Decision
Themes: Conservation, List of World Heritage in Danger
States Parties: Mali
Properties: Old Towns of Djenné
Year: 2012
Decision Code: 36 COM 7B.44