Senegal’s Saloum Delta inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List
The World Heritage Committee has inscribed Saloum Delta (Senegal) and its vestiges of more than two millennia of human occupation on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
Fishing and shellfish gathering have sustained human life in the 5,000 km2 property, which is formed by the arms of three rivers. The site comprises brackish channels encompassing over 200 islands and islets, mangrove forest, an Atlantic marine environment, and dry forest.
The site is marked by 218 shellfish mounds, some of them several hundreds metres long, produced by its human inhabitants over the ages. Burial sites on 28 of the mounds take the form of tumuli where remarkable artefacts have been found. They are important for our understanding of cultures from the various periods of the delta’s occupation and testify to the history of human settlement along the coast of West Africa.
A total of 35 nominations, including natural, cultural and mixed properties are being reviewed by the Committee, which is holding its 35th session at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. The session will end on 29 June.
World Heritage Properties
- 35th session of the Committee Jun 19, 2011 - Jun 29, 2011
- Four new sites inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List Tuesday, June 28, 2011
- Twenty-five new properties inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List which now numbers 936 Tuesday, June 28, 2011
- Sites in Ethiopia, Kenya and Viet Nam inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List Monday, June 27, 2011
- World Heritage Committee inscribes five new sites in Colombia, Sudan, Jordan, Italy and Germany Saturday, June 25, 2011
- Barbados enters World Heritage List with Bridgetown and its Garrison; Hiraizumi (Japan) and Germany’s Beech Forests also inscribed Saturday, June 25, 2011
- Ancient Chinese cultural landscape, the West Lake of Hangzhou, inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List Friday, June 24, 2011
- Japan's Ogasawara Islands on UNESCO's World Heritage List Friday, June 24, 2011
- Senegal’s Saloum Delta inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List Friday, June 24, 2011
- Kenya Lake System in the Great Rift Valley and Australia's Ningaloo Coast inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List Friday, June 24, 2011