1.         Aapravasi Ghat (Mauritius) (C 1227)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  2006

Criteria  (vi)

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/1227/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0 (from 2014-2023)
Total amount approved: USD 59,200
For details, see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1227/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds

N/A

Previous monitoring missions

March 2012: ICOMOS reactive monitoring mission; May 2018: Joint UNESCO/ICOMOS Advisory mission

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Illustrative material  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1227/

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2023

On 31 December 2022, the State Party submitted a state of conservation report, which is available at https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1227/documents/. Progress in a number of conservation issues addressed by the Committee at its previous sessions is presented in this report, as follows:


Analysis and Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre, ICOMOS and ICCROM

The State Party has made much progress in improving the protection and management of this property over the last couple of years. Commitment to the overarching HIA/VIA process is commendable as is its commitment to complete individual HIAs and VIAs on the component projects.

The Committee may wish to request the State Party to submit the individual HIA/VIAs with the designs that they assess for review by the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies before the conclusions of the HIAs and VIAs are adopted.

The State Party’s further reports of its stakeholder engagement mechanisms and management structure are likewise welcome, as is the submission of the archival survey of the Parc à Boulets and the commitment to forward to the Committee a report on the foreseen archaeological survey.

Due to the scale of the development proposal in the buffer zone of the property and the complexity of the impact assessment process required to safeguard the property’s Outstanding Universal Value, it is recommended that the State Party should be requested to submit a state of conservation report in December 2024.

Decision Adopted: 45 COM 7B.128

The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Having examined Document WHC/23/45.COM/7B.Add,
  2. Recalling Decision 44 COM 7B.119 adopted at its extended 44th session (Fuzhou/online, 2021),
  3. Commends the State Party for the improvements that it has made in the protection and management of the property, notes with appreciation the State Party’s reports on its institutional structures for stakeholder consultation and requests the State Party keep it informed of further steps taken to facilitate more frequent comprehensive stakeholder consultation;
  4. Also notes the submission of the archival survey on the Parc à Boulets, further notes the State Party’s commitment to submit the results of the archaeological survey to the World Heritage Centre and also requests that the State Party submit the outcomes of the archaeological survey to the World Heritage Centre to be reviewed by the Advisory Bodies;
  5. Notes furthermore with appreciation, the progress made on the overarching Heritage Impact Assessment and Visual Impact Assessment for the project in the buffer zone, the State Party’s commitment to continuing the dialogue with the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies and the submission of the outcomes of these assessments to the World Heritage Centre to be reviewed by the Advisory Bodies;
  6. Finally requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 December 2024, 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 47th session.