1.         Nan Madol: Ceremonial Centre of Eastern Micronesia (Micronesia (Federated States of)) (C 1503)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  2016

Criteria  (i)(iii)(iv)(vi)

Year(s) of inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger    2016-present

Threats for which the property was inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger

Corrective measures identified

In progress

Timeframe for the implementation of the corrective measures

In progress

Previous Committee Decisions  see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1503/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0 (from 2017-2017)
Total amount approved: USD 30,000
For details, see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1503/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds

Total amount provided: USD 120,000 for the preparation of a nomination file and the management plan for Nan Madol by the UNESCO/Japan Funds-in-Trust

Previous monitoring missions

N/A

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Threats identified at the time of inscription of the property on the List of World Heritage in 2016:

Illustrative material  see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1503/

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2017

On 31 January 2017, the State Party submitted a state of conservation report, in accordance with the request of the World Heritage Committee at its 40th session (Istanbul/UNESCO, 2016), when the property was simultaneously inscribed on the World Heritage List and the List of World Heritage in Danger.

The report, which is available at https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1503/documents, informs on the following:

Analysis and Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre, ICOMOS and ICCROM

The support offered by the international partners (France, Japan and the USA) is welcomed. The report submitted by the archaeologist from France has provided a valuable overview of the challenges to be addressed in relation to archaeological remains, but details have not yet been provided on the scope of the work of the other two teams. In addition, an International Assistance request for the initial cleaning of the overgrowth of vegetation and to draft a Conservation Plan for the property was approved on 21 March 2017.

It will clearly be essential to receive all three reports and consider them before the Reactive Monitoring mission requested by the Committee visits the property. The DSOCR will need to be based on clear assessments of the archaeological resources and their structural stability, as well as on an outline Conservation Strategy and an outline Master Plan showing how the major conservation project might be phased over many years. Once such details are in place and the resources needed for this major project have been identified, further support will need to be garnered from the international community to help deliver this extensive and highly complex multidisciplinary project. It will also be desirable that this project be carried out slowly over several years and with as much involvement as possible of local expertise, so that the potential offers for training and promotional benefits can be fully utilised.

While the DSOCR should reflect the long timeframe required to stabilise the extensive stone remains, it should define a stage when a degree of stability combined with a clear road map which could allow the property to be removed from the List of World Heritage in Danger have been reached, even though more work will still need to be undertaken before the overall project is completed.

Decision Adopted: 41 COM 7A.56

The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Having examined Document WHC/17/41.COM/7A,
  2. Recalling Decision 40 COM 8B.22, adopted at its 40th session (Istanbul/UNESCO, 2016);
  3. Welcomes the support extended by the international partners (France, Japan and the United States of America) in offering expert resources to the State Party to work on the state of conservation of the property;
  4. Notes that the State Party will submit a consolidated report to the World Heritage Centre, for review by the Advisory Bodies, on the outcomes of the three visits by international experts;
  5. Also notes that the State Party has invited a joint World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS Reactive Monitoring mission to visit the property in 2017 and considers that this mission must have the benefit of the report of the international experts;
  6. Further notes that the mission will consider a draft Desired state of conservation for the removal of the property from the List of World Heritage in Danger (DSOCR) and that this should aim to reflect both the long timeframe needed for the major project to stabilize the extensive stone remains, and the need to define a point at which the main threats have been mitigated to an acceptable degree before the overall project has been completed;
  7. Regrets that work on adopting legislation LB 392 has been delayed until April/May 2017 and urges the State Party to make progress on this matter so that a Nan Madol Historic Preservation Trust can be set up and become operational;
  8. Notes furthermore that efforts to appoint cultural heritage staff are ongoing, but that progress on developing management, conservation, risk management and a tourism strategy will only be achieved once a property manager has been appointed, and also urges the State Party to proceed with this appointment as soon as possible;
  9. Requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2018, an updated report on the state of conservation of the property and the implementation of the above, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 42nd session in 2018;
  10. Decides to retain Nan Madol: Ceremonial Centre of Eastern Micronesia (Micronesia (Federated States of)) on the List of World Heritage in Danger.

Decision Adopted: 41 COM 8C.2

The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Having examined the state of conservation reports of properties inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger (WHC/17/41.COM/7A, WHC/17/41.COM/7A.Add and WHC/17/41.COM/7A.Add.2),
  2. Decides to retain the following properties on the List of World Heritage in Danger: