MOMBASA, KENYA, March 29 (NNN-KNA) — The Kenyan government has set aside 100 million shillings (about 982,000 US dollars) for the rehabilitation of Forte Jesus, a World Heritage Site, and a further 15 million shillings towards the rehabilitation of the Vasco Da Gama Pillar at Malindi, about 120 kilometres from here, to ensure they are protected from the vagaries of the weather.
National Museums of Kenya (NMK) Director-General Dr. Mzalendo Kibunjia said during a visit to Malindi that rising seas were threatening to swallow these coastal landmarks.
A recent United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) study by marine engineers had warned that if things continued unchanged many coastal sites of historical and cultural significance in Kenya would be under water.
The growing consequences of climate change have over time put many of the country’s most iconic and historical sites along the coast at great risk according to the National Museums of Kenya.
Heritage sites and landmarks like the Vasco Da Gama Pillar, the Forte Jesus and the old British Customs House in Vanga, face a perilous and uncertain future.
Dr. Kibunjia emphasized the need to preserve the rich heritage assets dating several centuries and tourist attraction sites which have made Mombasa and Malindi important destinations.