Gabon currently has two properties inscribed on the World Heritage List, the Ecosystem and Relict Cultural Landscape Lopé - Okanda and the Ivindo National Park, inscribed in 2021 at the 44th enlarged session of the World Heritage Committee (Fuzhou, China).
Its tentative list includes six properties: one cultural property (Ancien Hôpital Albert Schweitzer de Lambaréné) and five mixed properties (Ecosystème et paysage culturel pygmée du massif de Minkébé, Grottes de Lastourville, Parc national des Monts Birougou, Parc national des Plateaux Batéké and Parc National Moukalaba-Doudou) We can therefore observe the presence of only one cultural property, which is a significant gap.
In 2018, the State Party of Gabon submitted a draft revision of its Tentative List to include new sites that could be the subject of a World Heritage nomination process, but the World Heritage Convention and the Operational Guidelines for the Implementation of the Convention stipulate that any property on a Tentative List must be the result of an inventory.
Thus, although regional inventories were organized by the Ministry of Culture in 2013 and 2016, their results did not allow for a relevant assessment of the nomination potential of the cultural properties identified. Moreover, the lack of human resources and expertise in the preparation of tentative lists and nominations has been pointed out by African experts as a probable cause of the low representativity of cultural properties on the tentative lists. This project aims both to build the capacity of the teams but also to implement a cultural heritage inventory that will later lead to an update of Gabon's tentative list.
This project has two main objectives. The realization of a reliable pilot inventory of cultural and mixed sites in Gabon and the organization of a workshop to update the cultural properties on the Tentative List.
To do this, the project consisted of a literature review to identify sites, field missions to establish geo-referenced mapping, documentation and identification of communities or resource persons who own and/or manage the sites, and the drawing up of a list of cultural properties to be included in the Tentative List.
State party: Gabon
Amount: 10,000 USD
Implementation period: February - June 2021