23.02.2014 - UNESCO Office in Apia

First Regional Training Course on Heritage Management in the Pacific held in Suva

Pacific Heritage Hub (PHH) at the University of the South Pacific (USP) in Suva made another milestone by organizing the First Regional Training Course Training Course to enhance heritage management capacities in the Pacific.

The First Regional Training Course on Heritage Management was held on 17-21 February 2014 in cooperation with the Fiji Department of National Heritage, Arts and Culture with financial assistance under the UNESCO/Australian Funds-in-Trust.  Some 40 participants, comprising of senior officials responsible for heritage management, regional agencies, including the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO), NGOs and private enterprises took part in the Course. The Course facilitated by Dr Anita Smith provided participants with the opportunity to present the situations in the heritage management in their respective countries; listen to presentations by a range of experts; discuss issues specific to the Pacific island states; and identify an action plan as a way forward.

Mr Peni Cavuilagi, Director of the Department of National Heritage, Arts and Culture of Fiji, shared Fiji’s experience in inscribing Levuka Historical Port Town on the World Heritage List among the participants.  The presentations on innovative measures were made, which included the trusteeship agreement on Sovi Basin Protected Area that has recently been concluded between the landowners and the Fiji National Trust in partnership with Conservation International and Fiji Water and “Green Fee” for conservation projects of the protected sites in Palau.

In complementing this Regional Course, a Micronesia Workshop will be held in Yap in April 2014. The Workshop will put emphasis on the community participation in the heritage management by using the on-going preparatory works for the trans-boundary nomination on Yapese Stone Disk.

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