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Decision : 31 COM 7B.21
State of conservation of World Heritage Properties - East Rennell

The World Heritage Committee,

1.Having examined Document WHC-07/31.COM/7B,

2.Recalling Decision 29 COM 7B.10, adopted at its 29th session (Durban, 2005),

3.Welcomes that the State Party has produced a Management Plan and established a community organisation with the responsibility for the administration and management of the property;

4.Notes with concern that the draft World Heritage Protection Bill, to support the protection of the property as well as other potential World Heritage properties, has not yet been passed into legislation, and that additional financial and technical capacity are needed;

5.Requests the State Party to approve the World Heritage Protection Bill as soon as possible, and develop the Management Plan further by including:

     a)more specific management policies addressing threats such as mining, logging, over-exploitation of coconut crab, over-exploitation of marine resources, and invasive species; and

     b)budget and timeline for implementation;

6.Calls upon the international donor community to provide further financial and technical support for the conservation and management of the property;

7.Recommends the State Party to consider requesting International Assistance from the World Heritage Fund to implement the actions above-mentioned;

8.Also requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre by 1 February 2009 a report on the state of conservation of the property and on progress in implementing the recommendations of the 2005 mission adopted by the Committee at its 29th session (Durban, 2005), including the timeline and budget for the Management Plan, and a copy of the World Heritage Protection Bill for examination by the Committee at its 33rd session in 2009.

 Decisions Report
Context of Decision
Themes: Conservation
States Parties: Solomon Islands
Properties: East Rennell
Year: 2007
Decision Code: 31 COM 7B.21