The Island Ark Project is back in Palau to engage with stakeholders and to attend a conference focusing on "Youth as Safeguarding Actors for Pacific ICH” that is organized by ICHCAP, a UNESCO category-2 center in Korea and the Ministry of Culture and Community Affairs of Palau. Dennis will present his research results from the last stay in 2016. The other big task during the conference is to listen to what various stakeholders, from government and civil society – in Palau and beyond, are willing to share with us in terms of wisdom about intangible cultural heritage, relevant safeguarding activities in the Pacific, and the state of outmigration and migrant communities. Obviously, we are also interested to find out about the status of the undersea cable connecting Palau to the fast Internet so many people around the world already enjoy.
Having arrived in Koror, Dennis is excited to engage in the exchange and to enjoy the great hospitality of the Palauans. It is good to know that not all too much has changed here in Palau. A new hotel will be build soon in downtown Koror, where restaurants previously provided tasty food. Maybe some better news: the price of wifi Internet has changed and was drastically lowered at least by Palau National Communications Corporation (PNCC). We want to thank ICHCAP, Minister Baklai Temengil-Chilton and the Bureau of Cultural and Historical Preservation of Palau! Looking forward to the next couple of days.
Island Ark Team
We write this blog as a team to showcase our activities around the globe, from meetings at UNESCO in Paris to on-island research and implementation work. We hope you enjoy reading about our journey.