Achievement at a glance
Capacity of heritage managers in Pacific SIDS enhanced through a series of capacity building workshops such as the Workshop on Revitalisation of Indigenous Architecture and Traditional Building Skills (Samoa, November 2014), 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), Pilot Community-based Inventorying of Traditional House Building Skills (Fiji, 2016), the First Canoe Summit (Guam, May 2016).
Challenges faced in implementation
Insufficient level of funding has caused delay in the development of on-line heritage management courses foreseen in the initial workplan.
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. The recently endorsed Pacific World Heritage Action Plan 2016-2020 entrusts PHH with several projects of regional scope, including, among others, professional certificate development project targeting mid-career heritage managers in Pacific SIDS. PHH intends to redouble its efforts to raise additional funding and strengthened.
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 benefit all Pacific island countries and territories as common framework for cooperation in the heritage safeguarding in the region in particular for the implementation of the World Heritage Convention.