From 16 to 18 August 2017, about 80 people met in Honiara, Solomon Islands, to discuss the future of the East Rennell World Heritage site. The Government, together with the customary owners, is currently striving toward the removal of the site from the List of World Heritage in Danger by 2021. This meeting was a first step to discuss the future work plan with heads of Ministries, local communities and international partners. The UNESCO World Heritage Centre is supporting this process.
Although little known, the East Rennell World Heritage site is the largest raised coral atoll in the world and features the largest insular lake in the Pacific, Lake Tegano. Containing many rugged limestone islets, the lake’s brackish waters harbour numerous endemic species including an endemic sea snake.