ANTIQUITIES DIVISION OF TANZANIA, WORLD MONUMENTS FUND AND THE CENTRE FOR HERITAGE DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA COLLABORATE IN SECURING KILWA KISIWANI AND SONGO MNARA WORLD HERITAGE SITES
The Antiquities Division of Tanzania, the World Monuments Fund (WMF) and the Centre for Heritage Development in Africa (CHDA) has signed a contract to undertake an extensive Land Use Planning exercise at the world heritage site of Kilwa Kisiwani and Songo Mnara. The Land Use Plan which emerges is aimed at protecting the heritage structures on the islands from destructive and deleterious development and secondly, to identify areas on the islands where physical, social or economic development can take place without negatively impacting the heritage site.
An extensive participatory process is planned, so as to garner local and national support for the plan. The teams of the Antiquities Division, WMF and CHDA – under the project management of CHDA will bring a deep understanding of issues related to heritage and preservation to the planning process whilst balancing community needs and issues.
The project kicks off in March 2012 with a submission to the World Heritage Committee planned for February 2013.
The project is part of a $700,000.00 USD (1,132,000,000.00 billion Tanzanian shillings) grant from the American people under the U.S. Department of State's Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) large grant program. The grant will support a project titled "Integrated Conservation at Kilwa Kisiwani and Songo Mnara, Tanzania".
Tanzania was one of only three nations worldwide selected for the 2011 AFCP large grant program for the preservation of ancient sites of global or national significance, which also included India and Jordan. The grant is the single largest cultural preservation funding offered by the U.S. to Tanzania, and supports public interest to preserve Kilwa Kisiwani.