The CVI Africa project includes workshops at two African World Heritage Sites. These are Ruins of Kilwa Kisiwani and Ruins of Songo Mnara in the United Republic of Tanzania, and the Sukur Cultural Landscape in Nigeria. Following online training in vulnerability assessment, participants will work with project staff and local stakeholders to complete a CVI assessment of both sites.
The Ruins of Kilwa Kisiwani and Songo Mnara
The remains of two great East African ports admired by early European explorers are situated on two small islands near the coast. From the 13th to the 16th century, the merchants of Kilwa dealt in gold, silver, pearls, perfumes, Arabian crockery, Persian earthenware and Chinese porcelain; much of the trade in the Indian Ocean thus passed through their hands. For more information on the site, you can visit the Tanzanian Tourist Board, or the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Sukur Cultural Landscape
The Sukur Cultural Landscape, with the Palace of the Hidi (Chief) on a hill dominating the villages below, the terraced fields and their sacred symbols, and the extensive remains of a former flourishing iron industry, is a remarkably intact physical expression of a society and its spiritual and material culture. For more information on the site, you can visit the UNESCO World Heritage List.