The workshop took place over 3 days from the 30 January to 1 February 2017 at the Lotus Hotel in Mombasa, Kenya. Thirty (30) participants attended the workshop from 15 different countries which included 11 men and 19 women. The initial step of the new upstream programme (2016-2020), implemented by EPA and CHDA in collaboration with UNESCO and Advisory Bodies, involved the circulation of a questionnaire to the national authorities responsible for the implementation of 1972 Convention in each African country. The questionnaire sought to gather updated information on all African countries tentative lists and dossiers they are currently or plan to work on in the near future. The results were analyzed to highlight the priorities, and the regional and trans boundary possibilities, for inclusion in the following step of the programme. The analysis also took into consideration recommendations from previous Tentative Listing and nomination initiatives. EPA and CHDA handled the analysis for Francophone and Anglophone Africa respectively. The results of the analysis were then discussed during two expert tentative listing workshops: the Anglophone workshop organized by CHDA from the 30th January-1st February 2017 in Mombasa, Kenya and the Francophone workshop that has already been held by EPA in Togo from the 14-16th December 2016.

The objectives of the workshop were to:

  1. Review the results of the questionnaire analysis concerning the current status of nomination in Africa;
  2. Identify, review and prioritize sites with potential for inscription in Africa;
  3. Identify priorities and potential inscription nominations for African countries with no World Heritage sites;
  4. Identify themes with potential for inscription to cover gaps and address current trends of nominations;
  5. Assess the required up-streaming support for sites with potential for inscription;
  6. Strengthen involvement of Advisory Bodies in the process and their relationship with African States Parties.

From left to right: Group photo, the DG being interviewed by media after the ceremony, DG of National Museums of Kenya, Mr Mzalendo during opening ceremony, workshop proceeding and participants on a site visit of Fort Jesus World Heritage Site.