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Senegal, Saloum Delta

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, November 10, 2012 at 05:45:35

Location Senegal
Coordinates N13 50 7 W16 29 55
Property 145,811 ha
Date of Inscription 2011

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1359 )

Fishing and shellfish gathering have sustained human life in the 5,000 km2 property, which is formed by the arms of three rivers. The site comprises brackish channels encompassing over 200 islands and islets, mangrove forest, an Atlantic marine environment, and dry forest. The site is marked by 218 shellfish mounds, some of them several hundreds metres long, produced by its human inhabitants over the ages. Burial sites on 28 of the mounds take the form of tumuli where remarkable artefacts have been found. They are important for our understanding of cultures from the various periods of the delta's occupation and testify to the history of human settlement along the coast of West Africa.

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River, Saloum Delta

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Senegal, Island of Saint-Louis

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, November 10, 2012 at 05:26:53

Location Region of Saint-Louis, Senegal
Coordinates N16 1 40.008 W16 30 15.984
Date of Inscription 2000

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/956 )

Founded as a French colonial settlement in the 17th century, Saint-Louis was urbanised in the mid-19th century. It was the capital of Senegal from 1872 to 1957 and played an important cultural and economic role in the whole of West Africa. The location of the town on an island at the mouth of the Senegal River, its regular town plan, the system of quays, and the characteristic colonial architecture give Saint-Louis its distinctive appearance and identity.

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Mosque, Island of Saint-Louis Faidherbe Bridge, Island of Saint-Louis

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Senegal, Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, November 10, 2012 at 05:19:19

Location Delta of the River Senegal, Senegal
Coordinates N16 30 0 W16 10 0.012
Property 16,000 ha
Date of Inscription 1981

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/25 )

Situated in the Senegal River delta, the Djoudj Sanctuary is a wetland of 16,000 ha, comprising a large lake surrounded by streams, ponds and backwaters. It forms a living but fragile sanctuary for some 1.5 million birds, such as the white pelican, the purple heron, the African spoonbill, the great egret and the cormorant.

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Pelicans, Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary Cormoran, Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary

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Senegal, Niokolo-Koba National Park

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, November 10, 2012 at 05:04:05

Location Eastern Senegal and Upper Casamance regions, Senegal
Coordinates N13 4 0.012 W12 43 0.012
Property 913,000 ha
Date of Inscription 1981

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/153 )

Located in a well-watered area along the banks of the Gambia river, the gallery forests and savannahs of Niokolo-Koba National Park have a very rich fauna, among them Derby elands (largest of the antelopes), chimpanzees, lions, leopards and a large population of elephants, as well as many birds, reptiles and amphibians.

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Dindefelo Falls, Niokolo-Koba National Park Dindefelo, Niokolo-Koba National Park

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Senegal, Island of Gorée

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, November 10, 2012 at 04:54:41

Location Cape Verde Region, Senegal
Coordinates N14 40 1.992 W17 24 2.988
Date of Inscription 1978

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/26 )

The island of Gorée lies off the coast of Senegal, opposite Dakar. From the 15th to the 19th century, it was the largest slave-trading centre on the African coast. Ruled in succession by the Portuguese, Dutch, English and French, its architecture is characterized by the contrast between the grim slave-quarters and the elegant houses of the slave traders. Today it continues to serve as a reminder of human exploitation and as a sanctuary for reconciliation.

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Street, Island of Goree Boat, Island of Goree

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Gambia, Senegal, Stone Circles of Senegambia

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, October 05, 2012 at 04:30:39

Location Central River Division - Gambia, Kaolack Region - Senegal
Coordinates N13 41 28 W15 31 21
Property 9.85 ha
Date of Inscription 2006

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1226 )

The site consists of four large groups of stone circles that represent an extraordinary concentration of over 1,000 monuments in a band 100 km wide along some 350 km of the River Gambia. The four groups, Sine Ngayène, Wanar, Wassu and Kerbatch, cover 93 stone circles and numerous tumuli, burial mounds, some of which have been excavated to reveal material that suggest dates between 3rd century BC and 16th century AD. Together the stone circles of laterite pillars and their associated burial mounds present a vast sacred landscape created over more than 1,500 years. It reflects a prosperous, highly organized and lasting society.

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Stone circle in Kerr Batch A stone circle in Wassu

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