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Reporting year: 2016
Achievement at a glance
Capacity of over 100 heritage managers, government officials and other stakeholders involved in heritage management in Pacific SIDS enhanced through a series of capacity building activities organised with PHH support, including, among others, the Pacific Training Course on Disaster Risk Management of Cultural Heritage in Small Island Developing States (Vanuatu, October 2015), the Regional Meeting on the Pacific World Heritage Action Plan 2016-2020 (Fiji, December 2015), the workshops for the preparation of Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) following Tropical Cyclone Winston that struck Fiji in February 2016. Project on professional certificate for mid-career heritage managers developed within the framework of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). Declaration of the 3rd Culture Ministers Meeting adopted at the meeting in Guam in May 2016, recommending the remaining states-non-parties in the Pacific to join the World Heritage Convention.
Challenges faced in implementation
Insufficient level of funding has caused delay in the recruitment process for a new PHH manager.
Next steps
Pacific member states that took part in the Meeting on the Pacific World Heritage Action Plan 2016-2020 held in Suva in 2015 identified PHH project as the top priority at regional level. PHH intends to redouble its efforts to raise additional funding and strengthen partnership in order to ensure implementation of the new Action Plan.
Measurable outcomes
Heritage managers, government officials, students, custodian communities and other stakeholders in heritage preservation in Pacific SIDS.
Heritage managers and other stakeholders have been benefited from PHH activities in the areas of knowledge management, capacity building and partnership development. PHH also played an important coordination role in developing a Pacific World Heritage Action Plan 2016 – 2020. This document will guide all Pacific island countries and territories as a framework for cooperation in the heritage safeguarding in the region with its emphasis on the implementation of the World Heritage Convention.
Status of initiative
Financial issues
Supporting Documents
United Nations