Citation "Koutammakou: first site in Togo inscribed on the World Heritage List"

Authors
  • Djanguenane, Nayondjoua
Title Article/Chapter
Koutammakou: first site in Togo inscribed on the World Heritage List
Title of source
Africa 2009 newsletter
Issue Number
5
Date of Publication
2005
Page Numbers
10-11
Language Text
English
Subject Keywords English
  • Conservation
  • Landscape
  • Cultural landscape
  • Protection
  • Tourism
  • Sacred forest
  • Legislation
  • Cultural property
  • International convention
Subject Keywords French
  • Conservation
  • Paysage
  • Paysage culturel
  • Protection
  • Tourisme
  • Forêt sacrée
  • Législation
  • Bien culturel
  • Convention internationale
Subject Geog Name English
  • Togo
Subject Geog Name French
  • Togo
Subject Geographic Area
Koutammakou
Abstract
The site of Koutammakou, Togo, was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2004. This living cultural landscape is inhabited by 30,000 Batammariba, a cultural group whose traditional settlements give the site its importance. Traditional settlements of 'takienta', one-story dwellings with built-in granaries, are interspersed between farmlands and sacred landscapes. Though the Togolese government acknowledges the tourist potential of Koutammakou, the site was inscribed on the basis of its cultural, social, historical, technical, aesthetic and ecological worth. It is therefore imperative that the site maintain its authenticity and integrity in the face of social change and external influences. The article outlines the process of its nomination onto the World Heritage List, the ratification of the World Heritage Convention by the Togolese State, conservation measures and management plans that are being implemented, as well as financial contributions from the Africa 2009 Programme and West African Museums Programme (WAMP).
Originating Institution
ICCROM
Location of Document
ICCROM
ICCROM Shelf
Per. Afrique 7
Literature Type
Serial
Bibliographic Level
Analytic
BCIN Number
241274
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