UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Solomon Islands

Posted: October 14, 2014    Categories:

There is only one UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Solomon Islands: East Rennell. This is a natural site and is also considered as one of the World Heritage Sites in Danger. The site was inscribed by UNESCO in 1998.

  • East Rennell (1998)

East Rennell (1998)

UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Solomon Islands

East Rennell belongs to Rennell Island. It is the southern portion of the island that was recognized on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Solomon Islands. The site was initially inscribed in 1998 but was listed under the World Heritage Sites in Danger by the UNESCO committee in 2013. The proliferation of logging activities on the island threatened the universal value of the island.

The inclusion of East Rennell into the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Solomon Islands was due to the fact that this is where you will find the world’s largest raised coral atoll. The area surrounding the coral atoll and the island of East Rennell is also home to many endemic species. Hence, the listing as one of the World Heritage Sites aims to preserve this habitat for these species by discouraging logging activities in the area.