The Diy Gid Biy Cultural Landscape (DGB) is a set of sixteen (16) dry stone sites distributed in seven (7) villages in the Far North Region of Cameroon. The DGB sites are complexes of terraces and platforms spread over the Mandara Mountains mountain chain, which is shared between Cameroon and Nigeria. This site is classified as a national heritage site and has been on Cameroon's Tentative List since 2006 and revised in 2017.
The state party of Cameroon is proposing this site as an extension to the Sukur Cultural Landscape (Nigeria), a site inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1999.
However, while the two sites are architecturally similar, differences remain. For example, the cultural landscape of Diy-Gid-Biy (DGB) is uninhabited and therefore considered a relic Site, while Sukur is inhabited.
In order to succeed in proposing this extension, the State Party of Cameroon has requested technical and financial support from UNESCO for the preparation of the nomination dossier. To this end, experts from Cameroon and Nigeria (cartographer, archaeologist and museologist documentalist) worked on mapping the site, inventorying the artefacts and strengthening the comparative analysis and the declaration of authenticity and integrity all of which, should be based on documentary research, results of field visits and anthropological studies.
This project contributed to support and strengthen the technical capacities of the national team of Cameroon in charge of the preparation of the nomination dossier, in view of its submission to the World Heritage Centre in January 2021.
The project was made possible thanks to the financial support of the Chinese Government's Fund for Capacity Building and Cooperation for World Heritage in Africa.
The final report can be downloaded here.
Name of the property: Diy Gid Biy Cultural Landscape of the Mandara Mountains (extension of the Sukur Cultural Landscape) (Tentative List)
State party: Cameroon
Amount: 10,000 USD
Implementation period: December 2019 – June 2020 (7 months)