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Decision 36 COM 7B.49
Stone Town of Zanzibar (United Republic of Tanzania) (C 173rev)

The World Heritage Committee,

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

2.   Recalling Decision 35 COM 7B.45, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011),

3.   Notes the information provided by the State Party on the efforts made to improve the conservation and management of the property;

4.   Also notes that the Heritage Impact Assessment (HIA) has been undertaken on the proposed hotel complex development at Mambo Msiige and the adjacent designated public open space, and that it has been submitted to the World Heritage Centre for review by the Advisory Bodies;

5.   Expresses its deep concern about the state of conservation of the property and the lack of significant progress in addressing the requests of the Committee;

6.   Reiterates its requests to the State Party to:

a)  Complete and submit a comprehensive condition assessment of the property and identify priority measures for intervention, including required resources for implementation,

b)  Establish an effective monitoring system to control and enforce sanctions on illegal construction and evaluate the adequacy of proposals for new construction and development, both at the inscribed property and within its buffer zone,

c)  Further develop the tourism development plan to effectively contribute to poverty alleviation and improvement of socio-economic conditions of the local population;

7.   Requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2014, an updated report on the state of conservation of the property and the implementation of the above, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 38th session in 2014. 

Decision Code
36 COM 7B.49
Capacity Building, Conservation
States Parties 1
Properties 1
State of conservation reports
2012 Stone Town of Zanzibar
Decisions adopted by the World Heritage Committee at its 36th session (Saint-Petersburg, 2012)
Context of Decision