1.         East Rennell (Solomon Islands) (N 854)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1998

Criteria  (ix)

Year(s) of inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger  N/A

Previous Committee Decisions  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/854/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0
Total amount approved: USD 0
For details, see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/854/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds


Previous monitoring missions


Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Lack of monitoring system, Lack of human or financial resources, Lack of institution coordination; Civil unrest.

Illustrative material  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/854/

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2004

On 5 April 2004 the World Heritage Centre received a letter from the National Commissioner for Culture, Solomon Islands National Commission for UNESCO providing information addressing concerns and issues raised by the Committee (27 COM 7B.12).  He regretted that the four years of civil unrest in the Solomon Islands has been an impediment to prepare a Resource Management Plan for East Rennell and a National World Heritage Protection Bill. Furthermore he indicated that it is not appropriate for the National Government to prepare national legislation to regulate a property governed by customary ownership where land is protected by traditional laws recognized by the National Constitution. The security situation in the Solomon Islands has now greatly improved and the Commissioner has requested financial assistance to conduct a mission in cooperation with the Paramount Chief of East Rennell to prepare for a future UNESCO-IUCN joint mission.


On 15 April 2004 funds were decentralized to the UNESCO Office Apia, Western Samoa, to conduct a mission to East Rennell by the Commissioner and the Paramount Chief of East Rennell. A mission report and an action plan were requested by 31 May 2004 for examination by the 28th session of the World Heritage Committee.


In addition, the Centre is in close contact with Australia and New Zealand as they have offered their kind support to assist where possible in facilitating the assessment of the state of conservation of East Rennell. During a recent World Heritage Centre mission to New Zealand, the Government of New Zealand offered assistance for a UNESCO-IUCN fact-finding mission to East Rennell and indicated that they will also discuss the matter with the Government of Australia. 

Analysis and Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre and IUCN


Decision Adopted: 28 COM 15B.12

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Thanks the Solomon Islands National Commission for UNESCO for providing up to date information and conducting a site visit to assess the state of conservation of East Rennell;

2. Requests IUCN and the World Heritage Centre to organize a joint UNESCO - IUCN mission to the property, utilizing expertise from the region to ensure that it is cost-effective;

3. Also requests IUCN and the World Heritage Centre during the mission to:
a) assess and report on the state of conservation of East Rennell,
b) determine the state of preparation and appropriateness of the Resource Management Plan for the property and the draft national World Heritage Protection Bill,
c) document and assess the effectiveness of the customary protection of the property.

4. Further requests IUCN and the World Heritage Centre to present a report on the outcome of the mission for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 29th session in 2005.