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Levuka goes to work after world heritage listing

July 11
17:59 2013


With Fiji’s old capital Levuka now listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Listing, further works are progressing to ensure the maintenance of the site’s uniqueness.

The Ministry of Education, National Heritage, Culture and Arts permanent secretary, Dr Brij Lal said Fiji would report back to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Committee in 2015 on the further works undertaken.

“There are three or four things that need to be done. One is looking at the Fiji World Heritage Decree; slight amendments have to be made. We also have to look at the conservation programme at Levuka, both of buildings and national sites, the landscape and we also have to have a Levuka Town Planning Scheme which various ministries are working on,” Dr Lal said.

“We also have to look at the existing buildings that are there to ensure that they are kept in the same shape. While some renovations can be done, they have to be kept to the same shape. Some of the ecological sites and an inventory for Levuka also have to be looked at.”

Levuka is among 14 new sites declared by the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO – the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation -at its meeting in Cambodia last month.

Levuka's main street.



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