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February 2014

Zanzibar Historic Urban Landscape (HUL) Initiative
International Expert Workshop & Stakeholder Conference
"Urban Landscapes: Integrating Culture & Sustainability for a Stronger Future through HUL Mainstreaming"
Patricia M. O'Donnell, FASLA, AICP, IFLA, ICOMOS

Stone Town of Zanzibar World Heritage Site and Ng'ambo Buffer Zone, Tanzania

In February 2014, the Director of the Department of Urban and Rural Planning for Tanzania gathered five international urban conservation experts, several graduate students, and over 100 stakeholders for a symposium, field session , and workshop in the World Heritage Site Stone Town of Zanzibar and the Ng'ambo buffer zone.  The task was to protect and develop these heritage communities applying the UNESCO Historic Urban Landscape Recommendation on the challenges and opporutnities facing these urban areas and their inhabitants. 

These intensive sessions built on the Swahili Coast HUL workshops of 2009 and a Ng'ambo community engangement and inventory process.  The outcome of the 2014 effort yielded a useful document that laid out the way forward (see link below).

O'Donnell's presentation addresssed the sustainability of culture as an umbrella over sectors of economy, environment and society, delved into global examples, and provided applications for Zanzibar (see link below). 


Download the Presentation Handout


 Download the Zanzibar HUL Initiative Recommendations