The first Heritage Board Meeting of Micronesia (Federated States of) will take place in Ponhpei, from 15 to 17 April 2014.
Nan Madol is a complex of archaeological sites built on the coastal reef flat near the Temwen Island on the east coast of Ponhpei. It comprises a set of almost 100 artificial islets separated by narrow channels with a total enclosure area of 75 ha. Nan Madol was constructed mainly around 1100 AD, and served as a residential and ritual centre for the highest-raking member of society.
Lelu was the centre of settlement of the rulers of Kosrae from about 1400 AD when the island became unified under a highly stratified system of chiefs and commoners. The center consisted of some 100 walled compounds on small islands on the inner reef platform with a total area of about 20ha.
FSM authorities has been working on the safeguarding of Nan Madol and Lelu in cooperation with Ponhpei and Kosrate states. A draft nomination file was developed in 2013 in close cooperation with a team of international experts from Australia, Japan and USA.
The objective of this Meeting is to discuss measures to strengthen heritage safeguarding in FSM and review progress in the activities for safeguarding Nan Madol and Lelu in particular the preparation of a serial nomination of “Ceremonial Centre of the Early Micronesian States: Nan Madol and Lelu” for the World Heritage List. The Meeting aims to discuss an action plan to complete the draft nomination file under preparation.