Factors affecting the property in 2003*
- Civil unrest
- Financial resources
- Human resources
- Invasive/alien terrestrial species
- Legal framework
- Management systems/ management plan
International Assistance: requests for the property until 2003
Total amount approved : 0 USD
Missions to the property until 2003**
Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2003
At the time of inscription on the World Heritage List, the Committee recommended "that the State Party should proceed with the preparation of the Resource Management Plan and the draft national World Heritage Protection Bill and that a mission be undertaken in three years time to assess progress made."
Since this property was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1998 virtually no information as to its state of conservation has been received. However, the Centre is aware from recent publications that there is a need to develop a quarantine plan and bio-security training to control invasive species, particularly ship rats. Ship rats are a potential threat to bird and animal populations on Rennell.
No official Periodic Report was received from the Solomon Islands.
Summary of the interventions
Decisions adopted by the Committee in 2003
27 COM 7B.12
East Rennell (Solomon Islands)
The World Heritage Committee,
1. Requests IUCN and the World Heritage Centre to gather and assess information on the state of conservation of East Rennell (Solomon Islands) and, if necessary, organize a joint UNESCO-IUCN mission to the property, utilizing expertise from the region to ensure that it is cost-effective;
2. Requests IUCN and the World Heritage Centre to determine the state of preparation of the Resource Management Plan for the property, and the draft national World Heritage Protection Bill, as requested by the Committee at the time of inscription of the property on the World Heritage List in 1998;
3. Requests IUCN and the World Heritage Centre to present a state of conservation report for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 28th session in 2004.
Draft Decision: 27 COM 7 (b) 12
The World Heritage Committee,
1. Requests that IUCN and the World Heritage Centre organize a joint mission to the Solomon Islands to:
(i) assess the state of conservation of East Rennell;
(ii) determine the state of preparation of the Resource Management Plan and the draft national World Heritage Protection Bill;
(iii) examine the feasibility of recommencing the assessment of cultural landscape values of the whole Island of Rennell for potential renomination;
(iv) determine the feasibility of the nomination of Marovo Lagoon, and
(v) submit a report for review by the World Heritage Committee at its 28th session in 2004.
The threats indicated are listed in alphabetical order; their order does not constitute a classification according to the importance of their impact on the property.
Furthermore, they are presented irrespective of the type of threat faced by the property, i.e. with specific and proven imminent danger (“ascertained danger”) or with threats which could have deleterious effects on the property’s Outstanding Universal Value (“potential danger”).