Periodic Reporting 2nd Cycle: Africa (2011)
This report presents the results of the Second Cycle of Periodic Reporting in the Africa region. The exercise involved the 44 States Parties which had ratified the 1972 Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage and the 78 World Heritage properties inscribed on the World Heritage List at the launch of the exercise in January 2010.
Synthesis and analysis of the Second Cycle of Periodic Reporting in Africa submitted in accordance with Decision 33 COM 11.C. It provides information on the data provided by States Parties in the Africa region on the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention at the national level (Section I), as well as the data provided on the World Heritage properties (Section II).
The World Heritage Centre would like to express its gratitude to the Africa region States Parties involved in this activity for their diligence, efforts, and continuing commitment and hard work for the success of this exercise.
The World Heritage Centre expresses its gratitude to the Governments of Senegal, Kenya, Cameroun, Namibia and South Africa for their warm and generous hospitality extended at the various regional and sub-regional meetings which they hosted. Special mention must be made of the South African government for its special initiative outside of the Dakar Action Plan, in hosting a meeting for the Southern Africa sub-region in March 2010.
The Second Cycle of Periodic Reporting in Africa was made possible by the generous financial contributions of the Governments of Switzerland, The Netherlands, Norway and France and the African World Heritage Fund.
The World Heritage Centre thanks the Advisory Bodies to the World Heritage Committee - International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), International Centre for the study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) - for their continuous assistance and active contributions throughout the exercise. Special thanks go to the Nordic World Heritage Foundation for its technical assistance through the entire exercise, particularly for its inestimable contribution to the finalisation of both the analysis of the data obtained from the Periodic Reporting Questionnaire, and the final report. Appreciation also goes to the regional training institutions - Centre for Heritage Development in Africa (CHDA) and Ecole du Patrimoine Africain (EPA) - for their active contributions and the development of a capacity building strategy based on the results of the Second Cycle of Periodic Reporting.
The World Heritage Centre would also like to recognise the special contributions of the regional coordinator and the four sub-regional mentors in coordinating this activity and ensuring its overall success. The valuable contribution of the national Focal Points and site managers during the implementation of the exercise is also acknowledged.
Special mention goes to the Africa Unit of the World Heritage Centre for its team spirit towards the actualisation of this report.