2021 Expert Meeting for Building Network on Maritime ICH

Maritime Living Heritage:
Coastal Communities in the Asia-Pacific Region and Their Traditional Food System


The webinar is divided into two sessions, in which scholars, relevant NGOs, and practitioners of maritime ICH are invited to present cases and studies on maritime ICH in the region, as well as relevant safeguarding activities.

Session 1. Coastal Communities and Their Traditional Food System: Ecocultural Approach

The first session of the expert meeting intends to cover issues emanating from the ways in which the ecological environment of a community conditions food production and consumption, and how this human-and-nature relationship shapes a dynamic cultural infrastructure that renders maritime tradition a developing site of knowledge. Human adaptations to ecological transformations brought either by climate change or industrialization have implications not only on how coastal communities protect natural sources of food and livelihood, but also on their existing methods of food preparation and cultivation. Particularly in the area of integrating the use of machines in traditional processes of food-making, this session is interested in efforts to continue or revive the use of more traditional strategies to procure food from marine resources. This session certainly has an eye on questions of food security in coastal area, a disaster-prone world, alternative food sustainability, and measures for environmental healing at the community, national, and regional levels. Moreover, as this session generally perceives traditional food ways of people who are dependent on bodies of water as a living system, there is a need to discuss how such a living system, specifically in light of traditional heritage, is safeguarded in ways that positively impact the very waters that meet human demands for food. This session also looks into how traditional food system might structurally contribute to poverty alleviation and our global drive to end hunger.


KST FJT Opening
10:00-10:05 13:00-13:05 Opening/Introduction
10:05-10:10 13:05-13:10 Opening Remarks
– KEUM, Gi Hyung, Director-General, ICHCAP
10:10-10:15 13:10-13:15 Congrauratory Remarks
– Nisha, Director, UNESCO Apia Office
– Athena Trakadas, Co-chair, Ocean Decade Heritage Network
10:15-10:25 13:15-13:25 Keynote Speech
– Miles Young, Director, the Human Rights and Social Development Division at the Pacific Community (SPC)
Session 1 Coastal Communities and Their Traditional Food System: Ecocultural Approach
Moderator – Dr. Sangmee Bak, Professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies & Member of Cultural Heritage Committee of the Republic of Korea
10:25-10:30 13:25-13:30 Session Opening
10:30-10:45 13:30-13:45 Ecocultural Practices related to Sustainable Food Systems in Coastal Communities in Fiji
Jimaima Lako (School of Applied Science, College of Engineering, Science and Technology, Fiji National University, FIJI)
10:45-11:00 13:45-14:00 Traditional Seafood Consumption and Management in Bangladesh
Touhidul Islam (Bangladesh Civil Serive (Administration) Academy, BANGLADESH)
11:00-11:15 14:00-14:15 Traditional Fishing Skills and Communities’ Food Culture in Lingayen, Pangasinan (Philippines)
– Lalaine Magat (Asian Institute of Maritime Studies (AIMS), PILIPPINES)
11:15-11:30 14:15-14:30 Catering Productive Protection of Marine Food Materials and Folk Food Customs in the Estuary of Liaohe River in China
– Zhang Song (Director, Chinese Food Development Alliance, CHINA)
11:30-12:00 14:30-15:00 Q&A