14:30 – 14:45
Presentation 1: The Role of NGOs in Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage and Environmental Sustainability
By Greg Mitchell President and Chairman of the Board of the Pacific Blue Foundation, Professor Emeritus of UCSD
In Fiji, a boat is a central cultural element for the indigenous and local people. The traditional boat building skills and practices need to be attended in the light of safeguarding intangible cultural heritage. The situation of the significant reduction of the boatbuilding community not only poses a threat to the boatbuilding community but also to the marine environment as well. By revitalizing the traditional boat building skills and community, the Pacific Blue Foundation hopes to solve environmental sustainability and marine pollution in Fiji while promoting knowledge of intangible cultural heritage.