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Author Assif
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#61 | Posted: 25 Mar 2020 17:18 | Edited by: Assif 
And here come some further proposals. I would like to divide them into two thematic categories: vernacular architecture and sites filling IUCN gaps.

Vernacular architecture:

King's Palace in Rukali/Nyanza (Rwanda) formerly mentioned by Els
https://museum.gov.rw/index.php?id=69

case obus (tòlék) of the Musgum people, for example in Pouss (Cameron)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Musgum_mud_huts
https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pouss

T painted houses of Sirigu (Sumbrungu) (Ghana) and Tiebele (Burkina Faso)
https://www.thecandytrail.com/sirigu-village-painted-houses-ghana/
https://unusualplaces.org/the-painted-village-of-burkina-faso-africa/
https://whc.unesco.org/en/tentativelists/5653/

painted houses of the Ndebele, for example Mapoch (South Africa)
https://www.gauteng.net/attractions/mapoch_ndebele_village

The Emir's Palace in Dutse (Nigeria)
https://quod.lib.umich.edu/cgi/p/pod/dod-idx/unity-in-diversity-palace-art-in-nigeria.pdf?c=jii;idno=4750978.0015.206;format=pdf
https://visitnaija.ng/st_tour/emir-of-dutse-palace/

Zaria, including the Emir's Palace (Nigeria)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zaria

T Larabanga Mosque (Ghana)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larabanga_Mosque

FT Kano, including History Museum (Nigeria)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kano

T Tenzug-Tallensi (Ghana)
https://whc.unesco.org/en/tentativelists/1392/

T Stilt Houses of Ganvie (Benin)
https://whc.unesco.org/en/tentativelists/869/

Natural sites filling IUCN gaps:

T Karoo (South Africa, Namibia)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karoo
https://whc.unesco.org/en/tentativelists/6097/

T Eastern Arc Mountains (Tanzania)
https://whc.unesco.org/en/tentativelists/2085/

T Quirimbas Archipelago (Mozambique) - representative of East African mangroves
https://whc.unesco.org/en/tentativelists/5380/

Somali-Maasai savannah (transboundary):
Malka Mari NP (Kenya), Nechisar NP and Mago NP (Ethiopia)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malka_Mari_National_Park
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mago_National_Park
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nechisar_National_Park

Inner Niger Delta (Mali)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inner_Niger_Delta

Author Assif
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#62 | Posted: 25 Mar 2020 17:23 | Edited by: Assif 
I support the following ones:
Jurre:
Makgadikgadi Pans Landscape

nfmungard:
Agongointo-Zoungoudo (T, C) => Underground housing with light concept.

jonathanfr:
Mount Lico and Mount Mabu (Mozambique)

I have just proposed this one too.
nfmungard:
Ganvie (T) - Palisados dating back to 16th century

Same here
nfmungard:
Kano (T) => West Africa oldest city.

and here
Sjobe:
Cour royale de Tiébélé (T) (Burkina Faso)


Author Jurre
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#63 | Posted: 25 Mar 2020 17:56 | Edited by: Jurre 
I second these:

Assif:
case obus (tòlék) of the Musgum people, for example in Pouss (Cameron)

Assif:
T Karoo (South Africa)

Assif:
T Quirimbas Archipelago (Mozambique) - representative of East African mangroves

Assif:
Inner Niger Delta (Mali)


Author Assif
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#64 | Posted: 25 Mar 2020 18:53 | Edited by: Assif 
nfmungard:
The former list lists several cultural sites I cannot place, but that sound interesting.

@nfmungard: We have located all former TWHS except Nianguri in Burkina Faso.
Just follow the discussion in:
https://www.worldheritagesite.org/forums/index.php?action=vthread&forum=8&topic=2178&page=7#msg19637

Author Assif
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#65 | Posted: 26 Mar 2020 03:40 | Edited by: Assif 
Top Missing - Africa [2020] 30

- T Agongointo-Zoungoudo (Benin) C
- T Stilt Houses of Ganvié (Benin) C, maybe in combination with or replaced by Nzulezo (Ghana)
- T Central Kalahari Game Reserve (Botswana) N
- T Makgadikgadi Pans Landscape (Botswana) M
- T Cour royale de Tiébélé (Burkina Faso) C
- Case obus (tòlék) of the Musgum people, for example in Pouss (Cameron) C
- T Zakouma National Park (Chad) N
- Mbanza Ngungu Caves (DR Congo) N
- Dallol and Erta Ale Lava Lake (Ethiopia) N
- Church forests of Lake Tana (Ethiopia) C
- T Sacred Landscapes of Tigray / Rock-hewn churches of Tigray (Ethiopia) C
- The Great Temple of the Moon in Yeha (Ethiopia)
- T Ancien Hôpital Albert Schweitzer de Lambaréné (Gabon) C
- T The Dry Forests of the West (Madagascar) N
- Land of the Baobabs (Madagascar) N
- Inner Niger Delta (Mali) N
- Mount Lico and Mount Mabu (Mozambique) N
- T Quirimbas Archipelago (Mozambique) N
- Benguela Current Marine Ecosystem Sites (Namibia, Angola)
- T Welwitschia Plains (Namibia, Angola) N
- T Ancient Kano City Walls and Associated Sites (Nigeria) C
- Obô de São Tomé Natural Park (Sao Tome and Principe) N
- T Gola National Parks (Sierra Leone) N
- Laas Geel (Somalia) C
- T Karoo (South Africa, Namibia) N
- ǀAi-ǀAis/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park (South Africa, Namibia) M
- T Sudd Wetland (South Sudan) N
- Sites of early bipedalism (Laetoli and Ileret) (Tanzania, Kenya) C
- Kasanga National Park (Zambia) N
- South Luangwa National Park (Zambia) N

Author Assif
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#66 | Posted: 26 Mar 2020 03:55 
Bigo (Uganda) - Probably Africa's largest earth work and a major archaeological site in central Africa
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bigo

Author jonathanfr
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#67 | Posted: 26 Mar 2020 04:30 
Assif:
Dallol and Erte Lava Lake (Ethiopia)

Just a note, the right way to write it is Erta Ale

One site I would like to suggest is the awesome natural monolith of Zuma Rock (Nigeria)

Author Solivagant
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#68 | Posted: 26 Mar 2020 04:40 | Edited by: Solivagant 
Assif:
Top Missing - Africa [2020] 30

A couple of questions.
In the "fast moving" posts of the last few days I might have missed something but there are a number of what seemed like good suggestions which seem to have disappeared without any discussion? Was that because no one else supported them? They all seem to have potential merit to me for any African "missing" list (though how they measure up in "World terms" is another matter.)
From Assif
Benin Iya (Nigeria) C https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walls_of_Benin
Sungbo' s Eredo (Nigeria) C https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sungbo%27s_Eredo
Sumbrungu Painted Houses (Ghana) C https://www.worldheritagesite.org/forums/index.php?action=vthread&forum=6&topic=135
From Warwass
Domes of Febedougou (Burkina Faso) (N) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fabedougou
Le Lac Assal (2015) (Djibouti) (N) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Assal_(Djibouti)
Old Oyo (1995) (Nigeria), (C) https://whc.unesco.org/en/tentativelists/489/

I don't remember any discussion about Ganvié Stilt houses which have got included above
We have been to Ganvié - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ganvie and didn't consider it a very edifying experience or site - (see my review https://www.worldheritagesite.org/tentative/Site+Lacustre+de+Ganvi )
In general it has become very big and contains a lot of modern concrete development.
Ghana has an alternative "Stilt Village" on its T List - Nzulezo (Ghana) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nzulezo . We haven't been there but, from the Wiki description it would appear to be better preserved??

Another suggestion.
Fouta Djallon (Guinea) . Most African nominations nowadays seem to be Cultural Landscapes so I am reluctant to suggest yet another!! We have a few in our latest list of course. When Guinea was on my "to visit list" (It has undergone a lot of political and medical problems in recent years of course and I will probably never get there now!!) visiting this area was always going to be a target. Beyond the traditional villages and scenery this Wiki article identifies another aspect which would be likely to "go down well" with ICOMOS/IUCN/UNESCO - namely its "Biointensive Agriculture" .
"Sometime in the late 18th century, the Fulɓe in Fouta Djallonke developed a type of biointensive agriculture, probably out of necessity, since the conquered indigenous women were taken into the households of their Islamic overlords whose livestock became their responsibility. Combining animal husbandry and sedentary agriculture into an efficient system of agropastoralism required a new way of organizing daily life. Livestock, which included horses and cattle, ate more and produced more waste than what the indigenous farmers were accustomed. "
See - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fouta_Djallon#Biointensive_agriculture

Another traditional CL which possibly merits consideration is the Baffut Chefferie in Cameroun (Unlike Fouta Djallon this one IS on the T List)- https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chefferie_de_Bafut

Author jonathanfr
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#69 | Posted: 26 Mar 2020 05:11 
I support the Fouta-Djalon suggested by Solivagant.

Regarding Cameroon, this country is nicknamed Africa in miniature. So I think this country is underrepresented.

One country that does not yet have a registered place is Guinea-Bissau: the Bijagos Islands could be registered. Many returning travelers are delighted to have discovered this place. It could be a mixed site.

Author nfmungard
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#70 | Posted: 26 Mar 2020 07:38 
Assif:
Top Missing - Africa [2020] 30

I really appreciate the exercise for Africa. So many nice and unknown sites.

Author Assif
Partaker
#71 | Posted: 26 Mar 2020 08:11 
Solivagant:
Ghana has an alternative "Stilt Village" on its T List - Nzulezo (Ghana) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nzulezo . We haven't been there but, from the Wiki description it would appear to be better preserved??

Why not make a serial nomination out of it including both villages? If the Europeans can nominate all their beech forests...

Author Assif
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#72 | Posted: 26 Mar 2020 08:14 | Edited by: Assif 
Solivagant:
Benin Iya (Nigeria) C https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walls_of_Benin
Sungbo' s Eredo (Nigeria) C https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sungbo%27s_Eredo

I haven't proposed these sites, although they sure look interesting. Neither have I seen warwass's proposals you are citing. Ganvie was proposed by nfmungard and seconded by me, although, as said above, I find your suggestion in Ghana a good combination.

Author warwass
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#73 | Posted: 26 Mar 2020 09:02 
Solivagant:
Domes of Febedougou (Burkina Faso) (N) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fabedougou

Some more info about Febedougou Rocks ('cos there's nothing about it in wikipedia): https://charismaticplanet.com/domes-of-fabedougou/
The Domes de Fabedougou is a natural phenomenon of rock sculpted by wind and erosion like a stack of pancakes. The sandstone's comprising the Domes of Fabedougou are approximately two billion years old or Middle Proterozoic. But not the Domes of Fabedougou. Generally, a two billion year old rock would have been metamorphosed by the severe heat and pressure generated by the dynamic nature of the Earth's crust.
In spite of being very old, these sandstone's have been hardly metamorphosed and are astonishingly young looking. Keeping the time in mind, it is surprising that they are so well-preserved that some of these rocks even have ripples and dunes created by ancient water and wind flow.
These Domes are actually ancient sand dunes. Geological experts say this entire area was once under a big ocean packed with free-flowing sediments. Some layers are extremely hard to others, so they were more protected from erosion.

Author Assif
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#74 | Posted: 26 Mar 2020 09:05 
I would be happy to support the following sites:
Solivagant:
Sungbo' s Eredo (Nigeria) C

Solivagant:
Domes of Febedougou (Burkina Faso) (N)

Solivagant:
Le Lac Assal (2015) (Djibouti)

jonathanfr:
Zuma Rock (Nigeria)

Old Oyo and Benin Iya could both be interesting, however, the information giver is too scarce to pass a judgment. Anyone with a better description of these sites and maybe some photos?

Author Assif
Partaker
#75 | Posted: 26 Mar 2020 09:17 
Assif:
Sites of early bipedalism (Laetoli and Ileret) (Tanzania, Kenya) C

Laetoli is included in Ngorongoro M.
Should Ileret be proposed as an extension?

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