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Morocco: safeguarding of living heritage, a shared interest among various actors

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02 April 2014 – Following on from Mauritania and Tunisia, Morocco took its turn to host the training workshops on the implementation of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. From 26 to 30 March, Agadir hosted an initial national meeting as part of the capacity building project for the safeguarding of living heritage established in the three countries thanks to the generous contribution from Norway to the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund.

Organised by the UNESCO Rabat Office, this workshop was attended not only by officials from the Ministry of Culture and representatives of the local communities concerned, but also representatives from the Ministry of Craftsmanship and local authorities.

The integration of living heritage in multi-sector policies as well as good understanding of the key concepts of the Convention on Intangible Heritage among the various stakeholders are essential for its efficient implementation. These issues were addressed during this training workshop led by Mr Ahmed Skounti (Morocco) and Mr Mohamed Ould Mohamed Lemine Beijeu (Mauritania ), both UNESCO facilitators in the field of intangible heritage.

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