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Ensure Legal Guardianship Of Heritage Sites, Committee Hears

It is necessary to ensure the legal protection of national heritage spaces and sites in Fiji which are in the process of being designated as a world heritage. This is
15 Jun 2016 09:50
Ensure Legal Guardianship Of  Heritage Sites, Committee Hears

It is necessary to ensure the legal protection of national heritage spaces and sites in Fiji which are in the process of being designated as a world heritage.

This is what Department of Heritage and Arts principal policy and convention officer, Sipiriano Nemani told the Standing Committee on Social Affairs while making submissions on the Heritage Bill in Parliament yesterday.

He said the legislation was needed to facilitate the imposition of hefty penalties to perpetrators who destroy or cause destruction on national sites of heritage significance.

Mr Nemani said at present the only legislation that imposed penalties to those who destroy heritage sites for the purpose of development amongst other things could be fined up to $200 only.

He said the Heritage Bill 2016 provided the protection for world heritage properties and potential world heritage sites in Fiji.

“Parties and stakeholders having an interest in the Bill include property owners, landowners, developers and conservation organisations,” Mr Nemani said.

He said the purpose of the Heritage Bill was to provide for the recognition and management of places having potential and actual world heritage values.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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