1.         Cliff of Bandiagara (Land of the Dogons) (Mali) (C/N 516)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1989

Criteria  (v)(vii)

Year(s) of inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger  N/A

Previous Committee Decisions  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/516/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0 (from 1988-1998)
Total amount approved: USD 78,900
For details, see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/516/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds

N/A

Previous monitoring missions

N/A

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Illustrative material  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/516/

Information presented to the Bureau of the World Heritage Committee in 1998

Comprising an area of 400,000 hectares, the site inscribed on the World Heritage List covers three geographical regions (plateau, plain and cliffs) and stretches from east to west across three administrative districts (Circles of Bandiagara, Bankass and Koro). Since January 1994, the management of the site has been undertaken by a decentralized structure attached to the Secretary General of the Ministry responsible for Culture, entitled the Cultural Mission.

A cultural heritage inventory programme, financed by UNESCO’s World Heritage Fund in 1995-96, was the starting point of an important work of identification, diagnostic and ad hoc interventions that the Cultural Mission and other partners (Konstanz University and Mali research architects) carry out to improve the conservation of this heritage, which is both cultural and natural.

The Cultural Mission, with funding from the State of Mali, carries out in a continuous manner an awareness campaign throughout the 289 villages of the site, concerning the protection and the enhancement of the heritage elements. The «cities and historical sites» comprising the project «Urban Development and Decentralization» (UNDP), Land of the Dogons, are: the creation of a Documentation Centre on the Dogon Culture at Bandiagara, the rehabilitation of the Songo encampment and the management of the trails in the Sangha region.

Action Required

Decision required:
The Bureau may wish to adopt the following text and transmit it to the Committee for noting:
« The Bureau:
(i) congratulates the Mali authorities for the efforts undertaken to preserve this site inscribed on the World Heritage List, 
(ii) invites the Mali authorities, in accordance with paragraph 56 of the «Operational Guidelines for the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention» to:
      i) co-ordinate international assistance,
      ii) inform the World Heritage Committee, through the UNESCO Secretariat, of their intentions to undertake or to authorize, in an area protected by the Convention, major restoration works. »

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 1998

A cultural heritage inventory programme, financed by UNESCO’s World Heritage Fund in 1995-96, was the starting point of an important work of identification, diagnostic and ad hoc interventions that the Cultural Mission and other partners (Konstanz University and Mali research architects) carry out to improve the conservation of this heritage, which is both cultural and natural.

The Cultural Mission, with funding from the State of Mali, carries out in a continuous manner an awareness campaign throughout the 289 villages of the site, concerning the protection and the enhancement of the heritage elements. The « cities and historical sites » comprising the project for the Development and Decentralization (UNDP) of the Land of the Dogons are: the creation of a Documentation Centre on the Culture at Bandiagara, the rehabilitation of the encampment and the management of the trails in the region.

The Bureau congratulated the Mali authorities for the efforts undertaken to preserve this site inscribed on the World Heritage List. It invited the Mali authorities, in accordance with paragraph 56 of the Operational Guidelines for the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention to: (i) co-ordinate international assistance, and inform the World Heritage Committee, through the UNESCO Secretariat, of their intentions to undertake or to authorize, in an area protected by the Convention, major restoration works. The Bureau also encouraged the authorities to implement awareness building activities among the population.

Analysis and Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies

N/A

Decision Adopted: 22 COM VII.30

VII.30 The Committee noted the decisions of the twenty-second extraordinary session of the Bureau as reflected in the Report of the Bureau session (Working Document WHC-98/CONF.203/5) and included in Annex IV on the following properties:

Tasmanian Wilderness (Australia)

Mount Taishan (China, Peoples Republic of)

Mount Huangshan (China, People's Republic of)

Ohrid Region with its Cultural and Historical Aspect and its Natural Environment (Macedonia, Former Yugoslav Republic of)

Cliff of Bandiagara (Land of the Dogons) (Mali)

Tongariro National Park (New Zealand).