Heritage strengthening in the Pacific
Status of initiative: Completed
Description/achievement of initiative

Strengthening of human resources through strategic and innovative capacity building initiatives within and outside of the Pacific region in order to create a pool of experts, as well as well informed and engaged decision makers to improve capacities for the implementation of the World Heritage Convention, particularly the Pacific World Heritage Action Plan.

Implementation methodologies

Through reporting to the Pacific Regional World Heritage for all Pacific Stakeholders and Governments involved. UNESCO and USP Publications and papers. And feed back to the Pacific Heritage Hub Steering Committee stakeholders of Government, IGO, NGO and community representatives.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

Regional Pacific Workshops priority areas includeMulti national trans boundary nominations for World heritage listing for Taputapu atea Marae nomination from French Polynesia. (looking for partners)Which will impact across the pacific for the Revitalization of traditional house building skills for adaptation against climate change.Revitalization of Traditional navigation skills and boat building for sustainable transport and routes. (UNESCO CRIHAP)Tran sboundary nomination strengthening for a joint Palau and Yap Stone money nomination which includes under water heritage research to support the multi national nominations.Developing an online heritage management course through the University of the South Pacific for under graduate/community courses.

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure

The Pacific Heritage Hub is hosted by the University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji and reports to a Steering Committee comprised of regional organisations Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) Secretariat of the Regional Environment Programe (SPREP), UNESCO, ICOMOS and IUCN, reporting to the Governments on the Steering Committee from Australia, Solomon Islands, Fiji, Palau, Samoa.Progress will be reported in Annual reports aligned to the Pacific Heritage Hub Strategic Plan and Pacific World Heritage Action Plan 2010-2015 and beyond implementation.


Pacific Heritage Hub, University of the South Pacific, SPREP, SPC, UNESCO, IUCN, ICOMOS, UNESCO WHITRAP (China), UNESCO CRIHAP (China), UNESCO ICHCAP (Korea), UNESCO SID's World Heritage Programe. UNESCO ICRI (Japan) IUCN CEESP Theme on Culture and Conservation, UNEP.
2014 - 2017
World heritage capacity building training Workshops conducted, certification and publication reports
2014 -2015
On line heritage management courses preparation and available at University of the South Pacific
2015 -2017
Skills transfer and revival workshops for climate change adaption for traditional house building skills revitalisation workshops.
2015 -2017
Traditional sea faring navigation courses and canoe building skills revival
Resources devoted to implementation
In-kind contribution
Staff at the Pacific Heritage Hub to faciltate and coordinate workshops
Staff / Technical expertise
University Staff of the South Pacific and ICOMOS and IUCN experts to deliver training
In-kind contribution
Workshop facilities and space at the Pacific regional workshops
Progress reports
Cut off date each year: 1 July
This initiative fulfils the SMART criteria.
Date of completion: December 2017
Operating in countries
Contact information/focal point(s)
Adi Meretui, mereculture@hotmail.com

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