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Country: Republic of Zimbabwe

Committee: The World Heritage Centre


Theme: Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City
School: Colegio Pedro II - Campus Duque de Caxias
Delegates: Gabriel Bermudo (1309) and Joo Marcos (1309)

The Republic of Zimbabwe has been engaged in discussions about World Heritage
for the past few years. Being aware that the Maritime Mercantile City of Liverpool is at
risk as a world cultural Heritage, our country wants to reinforce the recognition of this
asset as an outstanding example of port city dedicated to commerce and witness of
development of commodity centuries. Taking into consideration our own experience
with the management of one of our most important heritage sites, The ruins of Khami,
we intend to offer the United Kingdom some suggestions that could help revert the risk
situation.

Despite the word ruins in its name, the monument has great historical value to
humanity. Being one of few places in Zimbabwe that were not destroyed by treasure
hunters, the stratigraphy of the property is scientifically importante in providing a much
clearer insight into the history of the country. In addition to the architecture and
archaeological artifacts providing evidence for na exceptional understanding of the
earliest civilizations, the site also offers information about the importance socio-
economic, religious and spiritual property for local communities and the chronological
development of the Zimbabwean tradition. The archaeological remains also show
evidence of trade relations with Portugal and the rest of the world, and many of the
artifacts are exhibited in the Museum of History of Natural Bulawayo.

Troughout its area, the property, the Khami ruins, is relatively intact and has a buffer
zone to keep the natural features of the area. This area needs to be carefully monitored
because this is at weather risk. The relationship between the place and its position as the
expansion of the suburbs of Bulawayo (10 km away) and the city coming from sewage
pollution to the Khami River. Being located near the Kalahari Desert, its exposed to
drought and rainfall, temperature variations, factors that cause cracks in the walls
maintenance actions are necessary to maintainthe integrity of the history fabric. But in
all restoration and maintenance traditional methods are used, new materials are not
added in the structure, so that the authenticity of Khami is preserved.

Given the historical grandeur of Liverpool, the historical authenticity of the site is
something that should not be missed.Therefore, it is necessary to promote awareness of
World Heritage and its universal value, perform restorations os historical buildings
keeping the profile of the city, and set a limit of height for future buildings of the
Liverpool Waters.

The Zimbabwe Republic expects a productive and peaceful assembly, in which we


can find and develop solutions to the problems addressed. We hope we find a solution
to the Maritime Mercantile City of Liverpool. As Strive Masiyiwa, an zimbabwean
enterprainer and the founder and executive chairman of diversified international
telecommunications group Econet Wireless says, A vision alone is not enough. Hard
work and dedication are needed to make this vision a reality. We believe that taking
these and other suggestions, the United Kingdom and the world all together can
preserve this indispensible human value.

Respectfully,
Joo Marcos Rodrigues Ferreira
Gabriel Bastos Bermudo
Foreign ministers from Republic of Zimbabwe
Harare, October 11, 2016.