20 Feb 2014

Workshop promotes better management of Pacific world heritage sites

4:33 pm on 20 February 2014

National heritage managers from around the Pacific are in Fiji this week for a workshop designed to help them protect sites of natural or cultural significance in their countries.

The training, a first of its kind for the region is being organised by UNESCO Pacific, in collaboration with the University of the South Pacific.

The Pacific Heritage Hub Manager at USP, Adi Meretui Ratunabuabua, says once a country signs the World Heritage Convention, there's a number of criteria that must be met for a site to get onto the World Heritage list.

She says national site managers need to development action plans.

"Some of that comes down to the management of the site and having the legislation to protect the site. At the national level for the relevant national bodies or departments to be aware of that legislation and for the protection of the site."

Adi Meretui Ratunabuabua says attendees range from those who manage natural heritage sites through to buildings of significance.