Decision : 28 COM 14B.19
Extension of the Property for natural criteria (St. Kilda)

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Inscribes St. Kilda, United Kingdom, on the World Heritage List on the basis of natural criterion (ii), in addition to the property's existing 1986 inscription under natural criteria (iii) and (iv):

Natural criterion (ii): St. Kilda is unique in the very high bird densities that occur in a relatively small area which is conditioned by the complex and different ecological niches existing in the site. There is also a complex ecological dynamic in the three marine zones present in the site that is essential to the maintenance of both marine and terrestrial biodiversity;

2. Approves the extension of the World Heritage property to include the surrounding marine area of 23,346.8 ha;

3. Encourages the State Party to:
a) prepare a five-year business plan and budget,

b) develop initiatives for collaborative marine research and conservation management for offshore island-marine area workshops with colleagues in New Zealand, Australia and the United States of America and others in the North Atlantic that are involved with site based design and marine conservation as well and national based strategic planning for offshore areas;

4. Defers consideration of the cultural values of St. Kilda, United Kingdom, to allow the State Party to undertake a further comparative analysis of relevant relict cultural landscapes.

Themes: Inscriptions on the World Heritage List
Properties: St Kilda
Year: 2004
Decision Code: 28 COM 14B.19