Pacific Heritage Hub
Status of initiative: Financial issues
Description/achievement of initiative

Pacific Heritage Hub (PHH) was established as a regional facility by and for the Pacific peoples at the University of the South Pacific (USP), intergovernmental regional university in Suva, Fiji, in 2013 at the request of Pacific member states that was endorsed at the 4th Pacific World Heritage Workshop (Apia, 2011). Under its vision Our Pacific island cultural and natural heritage is restored, enriched, cherished, and protected for the present and future generations¯, PHHs missions are to inspire, guide, and build capacity of Pacific peoples to safeguard their cultural and natural heritage for enhanced sustainable development by advocating for increased recognition of, and support for the unique and diverse cultural and natural heritage of the Pacific, facilitating implementation of the World Heritage Convention in the Pacific as mandated by the Pacific World Heritage Action Plan. PHH is a hub for knowledge management and information production, accumulation, sharing and dissemination on and for cultural and natural heritage management in the Pacific, promotes an integrated approach to the cultural and natural dimensions of heritage, facilitate the coordination of capacity building through training and education across the region, and increases awareness of the Pacific islands region, its unique heritage and special needs within the international heritage community and to the global community in tenera.

Implementation methodologies

PHH's implementation methodologies are:; i)strengthening the marketing of heritage values and heritage-related communication through a strong online presence and the use of traditional media of radio, print and television, ii) creating and management online tools, networks and communities, iii) encouraging and facilitating States Parties implementation of UNESCO World Heritage Convention by engaging communities and other stakeholders, iv) providing guidance and coordination through mainstreaming of heritage into national and regional legislation, policies and development plans, v) developing and maintaining networks and partnerships at the community, national, regional and international levels, collaborating actively with regional and international organisations and initiatives dealing with cultural and natural heritage, including the Pacific Islands Round table on Nature Conservation, vi) advocating for integration of cultural and natural heritage institutions and practices at the national level, vii) supporting cultural and natural heritage institutions to implement the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 noting in particular the relevance of contributing to strategic goals and targets, and viii) identifying and securing funding sources for Pacific cultural and natural heritage sustainability, including the Pacific Heritage Hub.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

Capacity building activities implemented and/or coordinated by PHH will leverage intellectual resources available at USP in heritage related areas such as archaeology, history, environmental management, community development, gender and sustainable development. Working with USP faculties and Suva-based agencies and NGOs will contribute not only to the substance of the Training, but also to the cost-effectiveness of the activity. PHHā€™s capacity building places emphasis on community participation and the partnership with the traditional leadership in the region. PHH has been developing on-line module for heritage management to meet the specific needs and demands of heritage managers in the remote islands in the region. PHH intends to seek its partnership with WITRAP in China in order to strengthen its capacity building activities, and explore a possibility to seek for the Category II Centre status from long term perspective.

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure

PHH's steering committee is composed representatives of Melanesian, Polynesia and Micronesian sub-region of the Pacific and Australia, regional intergovernmental agencies such as the University of the South Pacific (USP), South Pacific Regional Environmental Programme (PRREP) and Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), as well as regional chapter of the advisory bodies of the World Heritage Convention, namely, ICOMOS Pacifika, and IUCN Oceania as well as UNESCO. The steering committee meets regularly to monitor the implementation of the PHH activities. PHH manager will make a progress report at the Pacific World Heritage Workshop that is held every two years in the Pacific.


Pacific: Pacific Heritage Hub (PHH) at the University of the South Pacific (USP) Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) Pacific Island Museum Association (PIMA) Commission on Environmental, Economic, and Social Policy (CEES) of IUCN ICOMOS Pacifika Pacific Island Forum Melanesia Spearhead Group Vanuatu Culture Centre Live and Learn Pacific Resources for Education and Learning (PREL) China: World Heritage International Training Centre for Asia and the Pacific (WITRAP) International Training Center for ICH in the Asia-Pacific Region (CRIHAP) Rep. of Korea Intangible Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific (ICHCAP) Rep. of Korea National Commission for UNESCO Japan International Research Centre for ICH in the Asia and the Pacific Region (IRCI) Asia-Pacific Cultural Centre for UNESCO in Nara
2. Numer of SIDS countries that have established the register/inventory of heritage 3. Heritage sites from Pacific SIDS inscribed on the World Heritage List
2. Numer of SIDS countries that have established the register/inventory of heritage
1. Number of SIDS officials and community members that have received training
4. Ratification by Pacific SIDS of the World Heritage Convention
Resources devoted to implementation
In-kind contribution
By University of the South Pacific, consultancy expertise, etc.
Financing (in USD)
Staff / Technical expertise
Training through workshops, seminars, online modules, etc.
Progress reports
Cut off date each year: 1 July
This initiative fulfils the SMART criteria.
Date of completion: August 2024
Operating in countries
Contact information/focal point(s)
Cresantia Koya Vakauta, Cresentia.koyavakauta@usp.ac.fj

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