On 10 August 2011 the Japanese Government approved the programme proposal "Capacity Building to Support the Conservation of World Heritage Sites and Enhance Sustainable Development of Local Communities in Small island Developing States (SIDS)", with a total budget of USD 1 million.

The overall objective of the project proposal is to develop regional capacity building programmes for Pacific and African SIDS, and to further strengthen the existing capacity building programme for Caribbean SIDS (CCBP). For each of the three SIDS regions, i.e. Africa, Pacific and Caribbean, a different strategy needs to be deployed, due to the different levels of implementation of the 1972 World Heritage Convention, development of institutional networks, regional needs assessments and action plans.

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