Capacity building for safeguarding intangible cultural heritage in emergencies in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the Pacific and the Caribbean

  • Project budget:
    • US$ 500,000
  • Source:
    • Japan Funds-in-Trust
  • Dates of implementation:
    • 01/04/2022 - 01/04/2025

Benefitting country(ies): Bahamas, Belize, Fiji, Tonga, Vanuatu


In line with the Operational principles and modalities for safeguarding living heritage (or ICH) in emergencies, the project addresses the severe threats from natural disasters to the transmission and viability of ICH in five Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the Caribbean and the Pacific, notably: Belize, the Bahamas, Fiji, Tonga and Vanuatu. It aims to integrate ICH safeguarding into disaster risk reduction strategies, helping communities prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies through capacity-building approaches. Actions include community-based needs assessments and training, establishing national mechanisms and strategies through multi-stakeholder consultations, and intra- and inter-country cooperation through information exchange and networking.

News and activities:

18/10/2023 - 15/04/2025 – Emergency response to safeguard the intangible cultural heritage of Lalibela, World Heritage property, and the surrounding area endangered by conflict15/06/2023 - 31/03/2025 – To get together - Enhancement of the capacities of displaced communities from Ukraine living in Slovakia through living heritage