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Decision : 36 COM 7B.15
East Rennell (Solomon Island) (N 854)

The World Heritage Committee,

1.  Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B,

2.  Recalling Decision 34 COM 7B.17, adopted at its 34th session (Brasilia, 2010),

3.  Commends the State Party for its work to rectify deficiencies in the protection legislation, Management Planning and administration of the property, that have been the subject of Committee concerns since 2003;

4.  Expresses its serious concern that applications for commercial logging rights within the property are being considered by the State Party, which if granted would represent an ascertained danger to the property in line with Paragraph 180 of the Opertational Guidelines, and also over the impacts of large scale commercial logging operations in West Rennell on the property;

5.  Requests the State Party to immediately ban all commercial logging from Rennell Island to avoid loss of integrity and the Outstanding Universal Value of the property, and to assess the possible associated introduction of rats and invasive land snails, and institute the necessary control measures, and also calls upon companies applying for licences which could impact the property to not proceed further with those applications;

6.  Urges the State Party to make an immediate assessment of the over-exploitation of Coconut Crab and other marine resources;

7.  Also requests the State Party to invite an IUCN reactive monitoring mission to the property, to assess its current state of conservation, particularly in relation to the threat of logging operations on Rennell Island, the associated threat of invasive species, and the over-exploitation of Coconut Crab and marine resources, as well as other relevant conservation issues;

Further requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2013, an updated report on the state of conservation of the property, including a report on the outcome of an assessment of over-exploitation of resources and the possible introduction of invasive species, and on the imposition of a ban on logging operations on Rennell Island that might impact the Outstanding Universal Value of the property, for examination by the Committee at its 37th session in 2013, with a view to considering possible inscription of the property on the World Heritage List in Danger. 

 Decisions Report
Context of Decision
Themes: Conservation, List of World Heritage in Danger
States Parties: Solomon Islands
Properties: East Rennell
Year: 2012
Decision Code: 36 COM 7B.15