|9th Regional Course on the Conservation and Management of Immovable Heritage in sub-Saharan Africa
23 July – 12 October 2007
Duration: 23 July - 12 October 2007
Place: Mombasa, Kenya
Twenty two participants from the national heritage institutions and universities of seventeen countries: Botswana, Eritrea, The Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The main objective of the course was to bring together heritage professionals to build a greater awareness on the most important issues in the area of conservation planning and management. The course also aimed at enhancing knowledge on the major challenges encountered when carrying out conservation activities in the African context.
Twelve weeks divided into two main parts.
The first part was essentially theoretical, concentrated on the acquisition of basic knowledge on conservation and management of cultural heritage, as well as the development and presentation of a management plan for an immovable heritage site. This exercise allowed participants to enhance their knowledge on heritage preservation; as well as to become familiar with communications tools and techniques.
The second, practical part dealt with the planning and site management process. The participants worked in four groups to gather data and to make proposals for preserving and promoting an urban landscape in Mombasa, Kenya (Mana Ngina Drive Historical and Archeological Site). The exercise included three stakeholders meetings with all the parties involved in Mama Ngina. Draft management plans for the sites were developed during the course
The last week of the course was dedicated to the Directors' Seminar, attended by 64 people. The theme of the seminar was 'Impact assessments as a tool for managing immovable cultural heritage'.
Knowledge and Awareness
- Twenty-two trained participants, enhancing the network of African heritage professionals;
- strong interaction between participants and the local community in Mombasa;
- raising awareness of all partners concerned with the urban Landscape in Mama Ngina Drive Historical and Archeological Site.
- Draft management plans: two for the open space, Mama Ngina Historical and Archeological Site, and two for the Military landscape, Mama Ngina Drive Historical and Archeological Site. Copies of the management plans were given to the representative of all the parties as well as to the national Authorities;
- compilation of national presentations on the diversity of immovable cultural heritage in Sub Saharan Africa;
- compilation of legislation of cultural of immovable cultural heritage;
- compilation of the tentative list of the countries represented.
Copies of all the documents produced during the course were given to the Library of the National Museum of Kenya.
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