- Recalling Chapter V of the Convention and Chapter I of the Operational Directives,
- Having examined Document ITH/16/11.COM 1.BUR/1, as well as the international assistance request No. 01121,
- Takes note that Fiji has requested international assistance for a project entitled ‘Safeguarding the knowledge systems associated with Traditional Fijian (iTaukei) house (Bure) construction methods in Navala village, Fiji’:
The art, oral traditions, cultural and historical proponents of constructing traditional houses by indigenous people of Fiji are gradually disappearing. The proposed project will be undertaken at Navala village in the upper Ba watershed, located in the Western Province of Fiji and will aim to sustain knowledge associated with traditional bures (houses) through the reconstruction and rehabilitation of bures in Navala village. Similarly, it is envisaged that the current traditional housing landscape of the village of Navala will be safeguarded through a cultural mapping process, revival of oral traditions and strengthening of related knowledge about the use of environmental resources. The sharing and revitalizing of architectural knowledge is expected to have a ripple effect in strengthening the iTaukei people’s worldview, including indigenous ecological and ancestral knowledge and epistemology of Vanua based on the holistic interconnectedness of human beings and their environment. The project intends to strengthen the capacities of iTaukei people in watershed management, improve their wellbeing, promote the continuation of traditional lifestyles by encouraging the planting of native tree species used for constructing the bures, as well as reviving food crops and vegetables using demo-plots. Coordinated by the Centre for Sustainable Technology and Development of the Fiji National University, project implementation on the ground will be ensured by the Navala Village Development Committee.
- Further takes note that this assistance concerns support for a project carried out at local level aimed at safeguarding intangible cultural heritage in accordance with Article 20 (c) of the Convention, and that it takes the form of the granting of a donation in line with Article 21 (g) of the Convention;
- Also takes note that Fiji requested an allocation of US$25,000 from the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund for implementation of the project;
- Decides that, from the information provided in file no. 01121, the request responds as follows to the criteria for granting international assistance given in paragraphs 10 and 12 of the Operational Directives:
- Decides to approve the international assistance request from Fiji for a project entitled ‘Safeguarding the knowledge systems associated with Traditional Fijian (iTaukei) house (Bure) construction methods in Navala village, Fiji’ and to grant an amount of US$25,000 to the State Party to this end;
- Reminds the State Party that the Operational Directives for the Implementation of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage do not provide support for the preparation of a nomination file to the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity or of the related documentation, and that such an activity, or any cost associated with it, cannot be included in the contract to be established between UNESCO and the implementing agency designated by the State;
- Requests the Secretariat to reach an agreement with the requesting State Party on technical details of the assistance, paying particular attention to the detailed budget and timetable of activities to be covered by the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund;
- Invites the State Party to use the ICH-04-Report Form when reporting on the use of assistance provided.