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LOROPENI RUINS

LOROPENI RUINS
Loropeni, Burkina Faso
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BACKGROUND

Spanning lands that cross the modern borders of Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, and Ghana, the Loropeni ruins are part of the larger Lobi Ruins, a 120-mile-by-60-mile cultural landscape, created between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

The Loropeni ruins were placed on the 2008 Watch and, following listing, a conservation plan was developed. In addition to addressing the urgent structural repairs of the ruins, the focus of the project is to develop a management system to eliminate the risks of continuing damage, preserve the historic value of the site, and encourage economic development in and around Loropeni. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

The Loropeni ruins are the best-preserved remains of the larger Lobi Ruins. Due to their local spiritual importance, the community has maintained the site over time. Although the site is respected by the community for its cultural values, severe environmental conditions, including increasing rainfall variability and extreme temperature cycles, have adversely affected the site. (...)