Following the Periodic Report from the Pacific region in 2003 the World Heritage Committee adopted the Pacific 2009 Programme which aims strengthening the implementation of the Convention in the region.
The Pacific region has a high level of membership to the World Heritage Convention, but the implementation levels of the Convention are low. The Periodic Reporting exercise for the Asia-Pacific region in 2003 concluded that the World Heritage List is far from fully representing the rich ethno-cultural and bio-geographical diversity.
Support to representatives from the Pacific to attend World Heritage Committee meetings
NWHF has been supporting the Programme through perennial support to participants from developing countries in the Pacific to attend World Heritage Committee meetings.
Pacific Regional Meeting - Tongariro, New Zealand 2004
With NWHF support and active participation an Action Plan for the Pacific was established by the national experts from the Countries and Territories of the region. The plan lays down general objectives as well as detailed recommendations for the way forward to strengthen cultural and natural heritage management in the Pacific.
Meeting on Thematic Framework for Cultural Heritage Nominations - Port Vila, Vanuatu 2005
A meeting was held in Port Vila, Vanuatu, from 5 to 8 September 2005, on a thematic framework for nominating cultural heritage properties in the Pacific for inscription on the World Heritage List. A report from the meeting can be downloaded here.
Capacity-Building Workshop for Cultural and Natural Heritage Professionals in the Pacific Region - Apia, Samoa 2006
Within the framework of the Action Plan for the implementation of the World Heritage - Pacific 2009 Programme, a training workshop for natural and cultural heritage professionals from Niue, Samoa and Tonga was held in Apia, Samoa, 24-28 April 2006.
International experts in the field of world cultural and natural heritage provided participants with technical training in the identification and preparation of site nominations for World Heritage listing. A report from the meeting can be downloaded here.
Study Tour for Traditional Leaders and local politicians from the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Palau and the Republic of the Marshall Islands to Tongariro National Park, New Zealand, 12-17 February 2007
By visiting Tongariro National Park the leaders will be able to see a working partnership between the Department of Conservation and the local Maori people that benefits both parties and the conservation of a sacred spiritually imbued landscape of World Heritage value. It is hoped that the leaders from these countries will use the experience gained from this cultural exchange to learn about the benefits of being a State Party to the World Heritage Convention and work towards the future conservation of their sites, sustainable tourism and the nomination of sites for inscription on the World Heritage List.