Cliff of Bandiagara (Land of the Dogons)

UNESCO RegionAfrica
LocationBandiagara Circle, Mopti Region
CoordinatesN14 19 59.988 W3 25 0.012
Inscription Date1989
Property (ha)327,390
Type of HeritageCultural
CriteriaTo be an outstanding example of a traditional human settlement; land-use; or sea-use which is representative of a culture (or cultures); or human interaction with the environment especially when it has become vulnerable under the impact of irreversible change
CriteriaTo contain superlative natural phenomena or areas of exceptional natural beauty and aesthetic importance
All ThreatsDeliberate destruction of heritage
All ThreatsWar
All ThreatsManagement systems/ management plan
All ThreatsIdentity/ social cohesion/ changes in local population and community
All ThreatsIllegal activities
All ThreatsDrought
All ThreatsFinancial resources
Unesco Reference Number516
State of Conservation Report
DescriptionThe Bandiagara site is an outstanding landscape of cliffs and sandy plateaux with some beautiful architecture (houses, granaries, altars, sanctuaries and , or communal meeting-places). Several age-old social traditions live on in the region (masks, feasts, rituals, and ceremonies involving ancestor worship). The geological, archaeological and ethnological interest, together with the landscape, make the Bandiagara plateau one of West Africa's most impressive sites.
StatusWorld Heritage Site