Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Pacific

Pacific ICH has been modified through contact with the outside world, most notably by the adoption of Christianity, through colonization and by the progressive integration into a cash economy. Recently, because of the effects of globalization and natural disasters, Pacific ICH has been in urgent need of attention and safeguarding, lest it be lost forever.

This is why Pacific island countries have been redoubling their efforts to implement a range of ICH safeguarding measures. Each Pacific island country has its unique ICH and faces varying challenges according to the socioeconomic circumstances specific to each island. However, by sharing information and experiences while employing safeguarding measures, each Pacific island country can learn about and support one another.

ICHCAP and the UNESCO Office for the Pacific co-published this brochure to share information and raise awareness about the importance of safeguarding ICH.