Cultural Heritage Conservation as a Stimulus for Sustainable Development along the Coast of Kenya
African Union Agenda 2063: the Africa We Want (AU, 2015), a blue print and master plan for transforming Africa into a global powerhouse of the future, recognises the contribution of culture heritage in sustainable development. Most governments however rarely emphasize the importance of cultural heritage conservation as a driver and an enabler of sustainable development. This research focuses on ways by which coastal development projects could potentially affect marine coastal heritage along the Kenyan coast through the analysis of four key heritage sites. It recognizes that the Kenyan coast has coincidentally the highest number of known heritage sites and one of the highest poverty levels in Kenya. The research will explore the ways in which heritage can be used to promote sustainable development activities that will bring benefit to local communities.