The Marshall Islands Cultural and Historic Preservation Office (CHPO) was established by the Historic Preservation Act: P.L. 1991-111. Amended in 2022 by P.L. 2022-53. Its mandate is to protect and preserve the rich cultural and historic heritage of the Republic of the Marshall Islands. Read more about us below!
Department Staff Development Workshops
The CHPO holds its professional development workshops at the end of every quarter. These workshops are designed for cross-training and capacity building purposes. Download copies of the workshop notes here.
The Marshall Islands Cultural and Historic Preservation Office (CHPO) is composed of a State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO)/Director. The SHPO hires an Anthropologist, a Historian/Registrar, an Intellectual Property & Copyright Specialist, an I.T. Specialist, a Fiscal Officer, a Grant Manager, and an Intern. The CHPO Office is divided up into three internal subdivisions. They are: Heritage Division, Administration Division, and the Information Technology Division. Please refer to the organizational structure below. All divisions play a crucial role in moving forward the Office’s mission. Every individual is important to the function of the CHPO Office. All employees, including the Council and both full and part time, need to fulfill their job functions! Download a copy here.
The CHPO houses the following regulations: land modification, conduct of archaeological and anthropological research, taking and export of artifacts/human remains, and access to prehistoric & historic submerged resources. Learn more about the regulations housed at the CHPO Office here.
The Cultural and Historic Preservation Office provides the following services: cultural preservation, historic preservation, national register of places and knowledge holders, and permits. Read more about the services here.