Workshop on "Planning for the Conservation and Development of Historic Towns and Urban Areas in Fiji" will be organized in Suva, Fiji from 27 July to 7 August 2015, in cooperation with the Department of Heritage and Arts in Fiji, the World Heritage Centre and the World Heritage Institute of Training & Research for the Asia & the Pacific Region (WHITRAP). 

“Levuka Historical Port Town”, the first colonial capital of Fiji and a rare example of a late 19th century Pacific colonial port town, has been inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2013. Since its inscription, many efforts and resources have been mobilized at national level in order to ensure the required level of protection and management of the former capital city, and improve its overall state of conservation, with the view to complying with the recommendations of the World Heritage Committee (37 COM 8B.25).

The proposed 10-day training workshop is the follow-up to the recommendations and adopts a holistic, integrated and multidisciplinary approach, allowing for exchange of experiences and understanding of different perspectives and methods.

The training workshop aims to advance the education of professionals and administrators, not only in Levuka but also other cities and towns in Fiji, in the protection and preservation of buildings and struc­tures and their setting which are of architectural, urban, landscape or historical value; and provide programme participants from diverse backgrounds with a basic knowledge of heritage conservation and management including concepts, perspectives and methodologies associated with architectural and urban heritage interpretation and analysis.

The workshop falls within the framework of the World Heritage SIDS Programme and is financially supported by the Netherlands Funds-in-Trust at the World Heritage Centre.