Bamako, Mali
February 2008


Djenné Mosque - Mali
 
The 10th International Conference on the Study and Conservation of Earthen Architecture was held February 1–5, 2008 in Bamako, Mali, West Africa. The conference was organized by the Getty Conservation Institute and the Ministry of Culture of Mali with the collaboration of Africa 2009, CRATerre-ENSAG, ICOMOS South Africa, and the World Heritage Centre, under the aegis of ICOMOS and its International Scientific Committee on the Earthen Architectural Heritage. International specialists in the fields of earthen architecture, conservation, archaeology, scientific research and site management were in attendance.

Songho village - Mali
 
This was the tenth conference to be organized by the earthen architecture community under the aegis of ICOMOS since 1972, and the first to be held in Africa. It provided a unique opportunity to discuss and observe firsthand conservation issues particular to sub-Saharan Africa, a region rich in earthen architecture. During this conference, specialists presented papers and posters that reflected the latest research and practices in the study and conservation of earthen architecture worldwide.

Postconference tours to Tombouctou, Mopti, Bandiagara, and Djenné were organized, as well as outreach exhibits on earthen architecture for the Malian public.

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