Pacific World Heritage Programme

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Pacific World Heritage Action Plan

The Pacific Region covers about one thirds of total surface area of the globe and contains the extraordinary cultural and biological diversity.  Countries in the Pacific have been working towards the preservation of this heritage of humanity through strategic and coordinated actions.  The Pacific 2009 Programme (2000-2009) was elaborated through several regional consultations and the 31st session of the World Heritage Committee Meeting was held in Christchurch in 2007 under the chairmanship of Mr. Te Heuheu, Paramount Chief of the Ngati Tuwharetoa Maori people of New Zealand.  These intensified efforts resulted in an increase in the number of Pacific state parties of the World Heritage Convention as well as the World Heritage Sites in the region. 

As a follow up of the Pacific 2009 Programme, the Pacific state parties prepared and discussed the Pacific World Heritage Action Plan (2010-2015) at the Pacific World Heritage Workshop held in Maupiti in 2009.  The Pacific World Heritage Workshop (Apia, 5-9 September 2011) reviewed progress in its implementation and updated the Action Plan by taking into account the outcome of the 2nd Periodic Reporting Exercise in Asia and the Pacific region. At the request of the Pacific member states, the Pacific Heritage Hub (PHH) was established at the University of the South Pacific in Suva in February 2013.

Further Reading:

Pasivika Islands Connected through Heritage : Final Report of the Pacific World Heritage Workshop (Suva, Fiji, November 2013) (2014)

World Heritage Papers No. 35: Understanding World Heritage in Asia and the Pacific - The Second Cycle of Periodic Reporting 2010 - 2012 (2012)

World Heritage Papers No. 34: World Heritage in a Sea of Islands - Pacific 2009 Programme (2012)

Final Report of UNESCO Pacific World Heritage Workshop (2011)

ICOMOS Thematic Study: Early Human Expansion and Innovation in the Pacific (2010)

ICOMOS Thematic Study: Cultural Landscapes of the Pacific Islands (2007)

World Heritage Sites in Pacific SIDS:

Fiji

Cultural

  • Levuka Historical Port Town (2013)

Kiribati

Natural

Marshall Islands

Cultural

Palau

Mixed

Papua New Guinea

Cultural

Solomon Islands

Natural

Vanuatu

Cultural

Also in the Pacific;

France - New Caledonia

Natural

UK

Natural

USA - Hawaii

Natural

Mixed

 

Sites on the Tentative List

Fiji

  • Sigatoka Sand Dunes (26/10/1999)
  • Sovi Basi (26/10/1999)
  • Yaduataba Crested Iguana Sanctuary (26/10/1999)

Marshall Islands

  • Northern Marshall Islands Atolls (2005)
  • Likiep Village Historic District (2005)
  • Mili Atoll Nature Conservancy (and Nadrikdrik) (2005)

Micronesia, Federated States of

  • Ceremonial Centres of the Early Micronesian States: Nan Madol and Lelu (2012)

Palau

  • Imeong Conservation Area (26/08/2004)
  • Ouballang ra Ngeedech (Ngebedech Terraces) (26/08/2004)
  • Tel el Bad (Stone Coffin) (26/08/2004)
  • Yapease Quarry Sites (26/08/2004)

Papua New Guinea

  • Kikori River Basin/Great Papuan Plateau (2006)
  • Kokoda Track and Owen Stanley Ranges (2006)
  • Trans-Fly Complex (2006)
  • Milne Bay Seascape (Pacific Jewels of Marine Biodiversity) (2006)
  • The Sublime Karsts of Papua New Guinea (2006)
  • Upper Sepik River Basin (2006)
  • Mound Terraces - Stairway to the Past (2006)

Samoa

  • Fagaloa Bay - Uafato Tiavea Conservation Zone (21/12/2006)
  • Manono, Apolima and Nuulopa Cultural Landscape (21/12/2006)

Solomon Islands

  • Marovo - Tetepare Complex (2008)
  • Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Solomon Islands (2008)

Tonga

  • Lapita Pottery Archaeological Sites (A National Serial Site for consideration as the Kingdom of Tonga's contribution to a transnational serial site listing) (09/8/2007)
  • The Ancient Capitals of the Kingdom of Tonga (09/08/207)

Vanuatu

  • Yalo, Apialo and the sacred geography of Northwest Malakula (2004)
  • The President Coolidge (2004)
  • Vatthe Conservation Area (2004)
  • Lake Letas (2004)
  • The Nowon and Votwos of Ureparapara (2005)

Also in the Pacific;

France - French Polynesia

  • Les Iles Marquises (2010)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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