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 https://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 https://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. USD 26,232 for Technical Support to Nan Madol, Micronesia (Danger list) by the Netherlands Funds-in-Trust

Previous monitoring missions

N/A

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

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

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2018

A joint World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS Reactive Monitoring mission visited the property on 15-25 January 2018.  On 30 January 2018, the State Party submitted a state of conservation report, which is available at http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1503/documentsthe following:

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

Plans to appoint a Designated Property Manager are welcomed and should greatly help the development of a coordinated approach to the conservation and development of the property.

It is noted that progress is being made with the strengthening of legal protection, and a revised law is expected to be approved in  2018.

The Reactive Monitoring mission to the property was undertaken by an inter-disciplinary team, consisting of an archaeologist, a stone expert, a structural engineer and a project management specialist, together with a staff member of the World Heritage Centre.

At the time of drafting this report, the report of the joint World Heritage/ICOMOS Reactive Monitoring mission has not been finalized. The report will be available at http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1503/documents/ before the 42nd session of the World Heritage Committee and its results shared in advance with the Committee.

The main aims of the mission were to identify the specific challenges facing the property including stone decay, water erosion, engineering problems related to scale of basalt pillars and coral blocks, and damage caused by vegetation and wave erosion; to discuss and agree with the State Party the main parameters of an overall conservation strategy/master plan to address these challenges that sets out short, medium and long term projects; to define a management approach for delivering the projects and a strategy for attracting international assistance; and to collaborate with the State Party on the drafting of a Desired state of conservation for the removal of the property from the List of World Heritage in Danger (DSOCR) based on the conservation strategy/master plan.

Decision Adopted: 42 COM 7A.3

The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Having examined Document WHC/18/42.COM/7A.Add2,
  2. Recalling Decision 41 COM 7A.56, adopted at its 41st session (Krakow, 2017),
  3. Welcomes the commitment to appoint a Designated Property Manager by the State Party;
  4. Notes that progress is being made to strengthen the legal protection of the property and that a revised Law is expected to be approved in 2018;
  5. Also notes that a joint World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS Reactive Monitoring mission to the property has been carried out and requests the State Party to implement all of the mission’s recommendations;
  6. Also requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2019, 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 43rd session in 2019;
  7. Decides to retain Nan Madol: Ceremonial Centre of Eastern Micronesia (Micronesia (Federated States of)) on the List of World Heritage in Danger.

Decision Adopted: 42 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/18/42.COM/7A, WHC/18/42.COM/7A.Add and WHC/18/42.COM/7A.Add.2),
  2. Decides to retain the following properties on the List of World Heritage in Danger: