Tuvalu Cultural Mapping, Planning and Policy Report
Alamai Sioni and Rt Hon. Bikenibeu Paeniu
Secretariat of the Pacific Community, 2012 | ISBN: 978-982-00-0538-9

A cultural mapping, planning and policy (CMPP) exercise was undertaken in Tuvalu, from September to November 2010. Consultations were held with all the eight island communities of Tuvalu: Nanumea, Nanumaga, Niutao, Nui, Vaitupu, Nukufetau, Funafuti and Nukulaelae. Overall, irrespective of its small population of around 10,000 people, Tuvalu has a rich and dynamic culture. This culture holds great potential for advancing the nation and its people by helping to conserve resources, modernise society and the economy, and preserve a unique way of life. Moreover, if accorded top priority within the national development policy framework, culture would certainly make a substantial contribution to the sustainable development of Tuvalu. The main outputs of the consultations were: the Tuvalu Cultural Lens and Toolkit; Tuvalu Cultural Indicators; and the draft Tuvalu National Policy on Culture. Another important output of the exercise has been the formulation of a draft framework on cultural statistics which should eventually be integrated into the national statistical database and indicators for Tuvalu. Both the Tuvalu cultural indicators and the National Policy on Culture were derived from the Tuvalu Cultural Lens and Toolkit matrices following the consolidation of all the findings of the consultations with all island communities. The main findings of the CMPP exercise relate to two broad frameworks for culture: national policy and legislation. Download the report [pdf] …