Heritage Management in Africa
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An aerial view of Gereza Fort, Kilwa Kisiwani, off the coast of Tanzania, and an exterior view of the Great Mosque of Kilwa, one of the oldest monuments on the island. Founded in the late 10th century by settlers from Arabia and Iran, Kilwa Kisiwani was an important commercial center along the East African coast until the 16th century. The proposed conservation and management plan for the island seeks to clean and restore the decaying sites; this could involve empowering the local population and authorities to become custodians of the heritage through participation in management planning and training. Photos: © World Monuments Fund (aerial) and Webber Ndoro.