World Heritage in a Sea of Islands: Pacific 2009 Programme

World Heritage Papers 34 has just been released. It is a compilation of documents and papers relating to UNESCO’s Pacific 2009 Programme (2000-2009) and includes reports of regional consultations, expert papers, progress and monitoring reports.

“Despite its extraordinary cultural and biological diversity, the Pacific is the most under-represented sub-region on the World Heritage List. To redress this imbalance, the Pacific 2009 Programme (2000-2009) was elaborated through several regional consultations and launched in 2003. The objectives of the programme were to ensure full membership of the World Heritage Convention in the Pacific to strengthen a collaborative sub-regional approach to its implementation, raise awareness about the World Heritage Convention and the potential benefits in the Pacific, build capacity for the Tentative Lists and nominations of properties for inclusion in the World Heritage List, promote trans-boundary and/or serial nominations, and build partnership among stakeholders involved. The Pacific 2009 Programme has contributed to the increased number of state parties (12 out of 14 Pacific SIDS) as well as World Heritage sites (10 in total in Pacific islands and territories) in the Pacific region as of September 2011.

As part of the World Heritage Papers Series, this document explores three key components of World Heritage: ‘Diverse Values and Interconnected Histories’; ‘Being Community in the Pacific’ and ‘Building Capacity’. Also highlighted are case studies in Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Palau and the Marshall Islands.” [the publication includes various articles by ANU researchers and Alumni. See also the July 2012 post to Outrigger, Rock Islands Southern Lagoon (Palau): a new World Heritage site for the Pacific].

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