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Decision 31 COM 7A.15
Ruins of Kilwa Kisiwani and Ruins of Songo Mnara (United Republic of Tanzania) (C 144)

  he World Heritage Committee,

  1. Having examined Document WHC-07/31.COM/7A,
  2.  Recalling Decision 30 COM 7A.15, adopted at its 30th session (Vilnius, 2006),
  3. Commends the State Party for its continued efforts to strengthen measures for the conservation and rehabilitation of the property; and particularly the improved mechanisms for community participation and local involvement in basic maintenance and conservation work;
  4.  Notes the revised Statement of Significance submitted as part of the state of conservation report and requests the State Party to formally submit this statement, altogether with the statements of authenticity and integrity,  and the justification for criterion (iii), as a Statement of Outstanding Universal Value, in line with the recommendations of the Periodic Report;
  5. Approves proposals for surveys of the two islands and the development of a land-use plan and delineated core and buffer zones, and requests the State Party to submit for approval, boundaries for core and buffer zones linked to land-use plans and appropriate protection;
  6. Urges the State Party to use the Management Plan as the main vehicle for managing the property;
  7. Encourages the State Party to submit an International Assistance request for support in developing a Conservation Plan for the main monuments that could form a cost-estimate ten-year Action Plan that might mobilise additional funding ;
  8. Requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2008, a report on the state of conservation of the property including the following information, for examination by the Committee at its 32nd session in 2008:

a) Follow-up actions on the recommendations of the ICOMOS reactive monitoring mission of 2004;

b) Progress on delineating boundaries and buffer zones, and on updating of the statement of Outstanding Universal Value for formal approval by the World Heritage Committee ;

c)Clarification of its intention to submit a proposal for an extension of the  property to include Kilwa Kivinje and Sanje ya Kati and possibly  indicate associated revised criteria;

9. Also requests the State Party to invite a World Heritage Centre / ICOMOS joint reactive monitoring mission to assess the progress made in improving the state of conservation of the property, to define the corrective measures and to prepare a draft statement of the desired state of conservation for the property that will enable the Committee define a timeframe for the removal of the property from the List of World Heritage in Danger;

10. Also requests the State Party, in consultation with the World Heritage Centre and ICOMOS, to develop a draft Statement of Outstanding Universal Value including the conditions of integrity and authenticity, for examination by the Committee at its 32nd session in 2008;

11. Decides to retain the Ruins of Kilwa Kisiwani and Ruins of Songo Mnara (United Republic of Tanzania) on the List of World Heritage in Danger.


Decisions adopted at the 31st Session of the World Heritage Committee (Christchurch, 2007)
Context of Decision