at the time of inscription, it was hoped that World Heritage status would encourage the development of eco-tourism in East Rennell.
IUCN has also received reports that the Australian Government, through the Australian Aid Agency (AusAid), is supporting a heritage and governance capacity-building project in the Solomon Islands. This is a positive step forward and may contribute to improving the property’s management.
The World Heritage Centre and IUCN conclude that without detailed information from the State Party, it is not possible to objectively assess the state of conservation of the property. They also note that East Rennell does not have a Statement of Outstanding Universal Value, and consider that the forthcoming Periodic Reporting process for Asia and the Pacific will provide a good opportunity to assist the State Party in developing one.
34 COM 7B.17
The World Heritage Committee,
Having examined Document WHC-10/34.COM/7B.Add,
Recalling Decision 33 COM 7B.19, adopted at its 33rd session (Seville, 2009);
Regrets that the State Party did not submit a report on the state of conservation of the
property, as requested by the World Heritage Committee at its 33rd session;
Welcomes reports that the Australian Government, through the Australian Aid Agency (AusAid), is supporting a heritage and governance capacity-building project in the Solomon Islands, which may contribute to improving the property’s management;
Notes with concern reports that commercial logging may be threatening the property and adjacent areas in West Rennell;
Reiterates its recommendation that the State Party seeks International Assistance from the World Heritage Fund for the establishment of a more effective protection and management system for the property;
Requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2012, a detailed report on the state of conservation of the property together with information on the status of the World Heritage Protection Bill, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 36th session in 2012.
State of conservation of World Heritage properties inscribed on the World Heritage List
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