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Aapravasi Ghat

Mauritius
Factors affecting the property in 2014*
Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports
  • Urban development;
  • Restoration works;
  • Visitor pressure.
International Assistance: requests for the property until 2014
Requests approved: 1 (from 2014-2014)
Total amount approved : 29,500 USD
Missions to the property until 2014**

March 2012: ICOMOS reactive monitoring mission 

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2014

On 13 January 2014, the State Party submitted a detailed state of conservation report, which is available at https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1227/documents/. It addresses the progress made in the implementation of the Committee Decision (36 COM 7B.45) adopted at its 36th session (Saint Petersburg, 2012). As requested by the Committee, the report provides information on the steps taken to improve the management system for the property and to secure resources. Furthermore, the Aapravasi Ghat World Heritage Property Management Plan 2013–2018 has been approved by the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Mauritius, and has been submitted to the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies. A capacity-building strategy has been initiated to ensure that qualified conservation and management professionals are available to support the work of the Technical Committee (which is mandated to evaluate all applications for any type of development in the buffer zone), and a Conservation Manual has been produced. Collaboration mechanisms have been instituted to ensure the adequate protection and management of the buffer zones and to better utilize mechanisms such as the consultative meeting to strengthen participatory decision-making. Finally, awareness-raising activities have been increased (including a dedicated web site with an interactive map) and summaries of existing planning tools have been produced for easier consultation by different public users.

Analysis and Conclusion by World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies in 2014

The World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies consider that the recent concerns of the World Heritage Committee in relation to the management and protection of the property are being addressed by the State Party. They therefore are of the view that no further reporting to the World Heritage Committee is currently required. The State Party is encouraged to fully implement all relevant measures in order to prevent any threats to the Outstanding Universal Value, authenticity and integrity of the property.

Decisions adopted by the Committee in 2014
38 COM 7B.98
Omnibus Decisions

The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Having examined Document WHC-14/38.COM/7B.Add,
  2. Takes note with satisfaction of the measures taken by the States Parties concerned to address its previous requests to mitigate the threats on the Outstanding Universal Value of the following World Heritage properties:
  • Town of Luang Prabang (Lao People's Democratic Republic),
  • Historic Centre of Saint Petersburg and Related Groups of Monuments (Russian Federation),
  • Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison (Barbados),
  • Port, Fortresses and Group of Monuments, Cartagena (Colombia),
  • Pre-Hispanic City of Teotihuacan (Mexico),
  • Historic Quarter of the City of Colonia del Sacramento (Uruguay),
  • Royal Palaces of Abomey (Benin),
  • Rock-Hewn Churches, Lalibela (Ethiopia),
  • Aapravasi Ghat (Mauritius);
  1. Encourages the States Parties concerned to pursue their efforts to ensure the conservation of World Heritage properties;
  2.  Reminds the States Parties concerned to inform the World Heritage Centre in due course about any major development project that may negatively impact the Outstanding Universal Value of a property, before any irreversible decisions are made, in line with Paragraph 172 of the Operational Guidelines.

Draft Decision:  38 COM 7B.98

The World Heritage Committee,

  1.   Having examined Document WHC-14/38.COM/7B.Add,
  2.   Takes note with satisfaction of the measures taken by the States Parties concerned to address its previous requests to mitigate the threats on the Outstanding Universal Value of the following World Heritage properties :
  • Town of Luang Prabang (Lao People's Democratic Republic),
  • Historic Centre of Saint Petersburg and Related Groups of Monuments (Russian Federation),
  • Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison (Barbados),
  • Port, Fortresses and Group of Monuments, Cartagena (Colombia),
  • Pre-Hispanic City of Teotihuacan (Mexico),
  • Historic Quarter of the City of Colonia del Sacramento (Uruguay),
  • Royal Palaces of Abomey (Benin),
  • Rock-Hewn Churches, Lalibela (Ethiopia),
  • Aapravasi Ghat (Mauritius);

3.          Encourages the States Parties concerned to pursue their efforts to ensure the conservation of World Heritage properties;

4.          Reminds the States Parties concerned to inform the World Heritage Centre in due course about any major development project that may negatively impact the Outstanding Universal Value of a property, before any irreversible decisions are made, in line with Paragraph 172 of the Operational Guidelines.

Report year: 2014
Mauritius
Date of Inscription: 2006
Category: Cultural
Criteria: (vi)
Documents examined by the Committee
SOC Report by the State Party
Report (2014) .pdf
arrow_circle_right 38COM (2014)
Exports

* : The threats indicated are listed in alphabetical order; their order does not constitute a classification according to the importance of their impact on the property.
Furthermore, they are presented irrespective of the type of threat faced by the property, i.e. with specific and proven imminent danger (“ascertained danger”) or with threats which could have deleterious effects on the property’s Outstanding Universal Value (“potential danger”).

** : All mission reports are not always available electronically.


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