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Decision 34 COM 8B.12
Cultural Properties - Fort Jesus, Mombasa (Kenya)

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Documents WHC-10/34.COM/8B and WHC-10/34.COM/INF.8B1,

2. Refers the examination of the nomination on the basis of cultural criteria of Fort Jesus, Mombasa, Kenya, back to the State Party to allow it to:

a) Further develop the nomination to demonstrate that the nominated property possesses outstanding universal value;

b) Expand the comparative analysis to include other relevant fortresses and go beyond the Portuguese context;

c) Amend the designation notice so as to eliminate the discrepancy between the sizes of the conservation area and the buffer zone;

d) Include the guidelines for the conservation of the Old Town (1990 Conservation Plan) in the bylaw so as to strengthen protection and facilitate management;

e) Revive the Mombasa Old Town Planning Commission and provide means for its functioning;

f) Reinforce the Mombasa Old Town Conservation Office (MOTCO) in terms of human resources and clarify its role;

g) Establish a holistic management structure for the Old Town that involves all the stakeholders, and in particular the local community, the municipal council, and the managers of the nominated property;

h) Establish rigorous monitoring of the erosion of the coral rock that forms the foundations of the Fort;

i) Consider the inclusion of the underwater archaeological remains in the nominated property;

3. Recommends that the State Party give consideration to the following:

 a) Relocating the car/bus parking area for visitors outside the moat for reasons of visual and functional integrity and authenticity;

 b) Adding maintenance concerns to the Management Plan, including regular documenting of the state of conservation of the Fort.

Decision Code
34 COM 8B.12
Inscriptions on the World Heritage List
States Parties 1
Properties 1
Report of the Decisions Adopted By the world heritage committee At its 34th session (Brasilia, 2010)
Context of Decision