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East Rennell World Heritage Site : misunderstandings, inconsistencies and opportunities in the implementation of the World Heritage Convention in the Pacific Islands

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posted on 2011-01-01, 00:00 authored by Anita Smith
Continuing traditional land tenure and resource use pattern the landscapes and seascapes of the Pacific Islands, and the rights of customary land owners are enshrined in the constitutions of many Pacific Island states. The implications of this for heritage conservation programs implemented by national governments under international Conventions and Agreements are explored through a case study of East Rennell World Heritage site, the first site to be inscribed based on natural criteria under customary ownership and management. Dissatisfaction with World Heritage listing expressed by the community of East Rennell is argued to reflect inconsistencies in the requirements for inscription of the property and a tension between the conservation and ‘beauty pageant’ functions of the World Heritage List.

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Journal

International journal of heritage studies

Volume

17

Issue

6

Pagination

592 - 607

Publisher

Taylor and Francis

Location

London, Eng.

ISSN

1352-7258

eISSN

1470-3610

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2011, Taylor & Francis

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