Decision : 34 COM 7B.27
Henderson Island (United Kingdom) (N 487)

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-10/34.COM/7B,

2. Recalling Decision 32 COM 7B.27, adopted at its 32nd session (Quebec City, 2008),

3. Commends the State Party for the considerable progress achieved in planning the invasive rat eradication scheme, which is of critical importance to maintaining the Outstanding Universal Value, including the conditions of integrity, of the property;

4. Welcomes the progress achieved by the State Party in securing a full time Ranger Post for Henderson Island;

5. Urges the State Party, in close collaboration with the Pitcairn authorities and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), to rapidly secure adequate funding to implement the rat eradication scheme and the full time Ranger Post in order to safeguard the undisturbed ecology that is the key distinctive value for which Henderson Island was inscribed on the World Heritage List;

6. Also welcomes the State Party's initiative in placing the Henderson petrel (Pterodroma atrata) in the appendices of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species (CMS) and the initiative of the Pitcairn Islands in signing a Memorandum of Understanding with CMS concerning the conservation of cetaceans;

7. Requests the State Party to provide the World Heritage Centre with a copy of the updated Henderson Island World Heritage Site Management Plan when it becomes available;

8. Also requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2012, a detailed report on the overall state of conservation of the property, including reference to the implementation of the rat eradication scheme and the Ranger Post, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 36th session in 2012.

 Decisions Report
Context of Decision
Themes: Conservation
Properties: Henderson Island
Year: 2010
Decision Code: 34 COM 7B.27