http://www.unesco.org/culture/ich/en/project/00269

Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage through the Strengthening of National Capacities in Asia and the Pacific

  • Budget (US$): 1,020,484
  • Source: Japan
  • Dates: 11-2011/05-2014

Benefitting country(ies): Bhutan, Cambodia, Mongolia, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste

Overview:

This project aims at assisting Bhutan, Cambodia, Mongolia, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Sri Lanka and Timor Leste to safeguard their intangible cultural heritage through effective implementation of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. It aims at building up a critical mass of experience and knowledge, both in government institutions and in civil society, so that the beneficiary countries will be equipped with an appropriate sustainable framework for safeguarding intangible heritage and implementing the Convention on a long term basis.

To that end, the project will implement an integrated strategy, including a series of well-prepared workshops and activities, tailored to respond to the identified needs of each country. This project will cover the core concepts of the Convention and provide beneficiary countries with a thorough understanding of their obligations at the national level, and a substantial knowledge of the mechanisms of international cooperation established by the Convention. Based on the assessed needs, themes to be covered include ratification of the Convention, implementation of the Convention at national level, community-based inventorying as well as preparing nominations files to the Urgent Safeguarding List and the Representative List.

Each beneficiary State will also benefit from other safeguarding interventions tailored to its specific needs, ranging from practical experience with community-based inventorying to consultation on possible policy or legal reforms, technical assistance to an intangible cultural heritage management body, or individualized training for heritage managers.

News and activities:

11-2011/06-2014 – Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage through the Strengthening of National Capacities in Lao PDR08-2012/03-2014 – Strengthening national capacities for effective safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage in Central America