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UNESCO World Heritage Site #3 East Renell

UNESCO World Heritage Site #3 East Renell

UNESCO World Heritage Site #3 East Renell

From the World Heritage inscription:

East Rennell makes up the southern third of Rennell Island, the southernmost island in the Solomon Island group in the western Pacific. Rennell, 86 km long x 15 km wide, is the largest raised coral atoll in the world. The site includes approximately 37,000 ha and a marine area extending 3 nautical miles to sea. A major feature of the island is Lake Tegano, which was the former lagoon on the atoll. The lake, the largest in the insular Pacific (15,500 ha), is brackish and contains many rugged limestone islands and endemic species. Rennell is mostly covered with dense forest, with a canopy averaging 20 m in height. Combined with the strong climatic effects of frequent cyclones, the site is a true natural laboratory for scientific study. The site is under customary land ownership and management.

This is a photo of Lake Lake Te Nggano on the island of Rennell in the Solomon Islands. The lake is a brackish water lake which is about 100m above sea level. The lake is home to the widest diversity of birds in the Pacific. The World Heritage Site is unique for many reasons, not the least of which is that it is the only location which is owned by customary land ownership. The people of Rennell are Polynesian, where as the rest of the Solomons are Melanesian. The remoteness of the island, coupled with the 100m cliffs surrounding the island, and the customary land ownership has protected the island from logging and mining, whereas the rest of the Solomons has been severely deforested.

The large version of the panorama is an enormous photos, so it might take some time to load.

My trip to Rennell was one of the most memorable of my trip, if only for the difficulty and remoteness of the island. You can read my three part report on Rennell here: part 1, part 2, part 3.

View my complete list of UNESCO World Heritage sites.

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  1. Peter says:

    Great shot Gary! One small correction to your description – there are actually a few other Polynesian groups in the Solomon Islands namely on Anuta, Bellona (same language as Rennell), Ontong Java, Pileni, Sikaiana and Tikopia.

  2. Ryan says:

    Do you have a panoramic camera or do you stitch these together digitally?

    Either way, looks great.

  3. Hurrah for ADSL, because it didn’t take *too* long to load for me. It’s gorgeous. What’s the viewpoint like — is it just a summit or is there a building, or what?

  4. nipsy says:

    Took forever to load, but oh so worth the wait. Another stunning shot!!

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