Projects and activities on intangible heritage in which UNESCO is involved
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Action plan for the Safeguarding of the Ahellil of Gourara12-2006/09-2009, Algeria
Action Plan for the Safeguarding, Promotion and Development of the Cultural Space of the Bedu in the regions of Petra and Wadi Rum12-2006/03-2009, Jordan
- Cultural space of the Bedu in Petra and Wadi Rum
- © Jordanian Commission for Oral and Intangible Cultural Heritage
The Bedu have preserved wide-ranging knowledge and skills related to the area around Petra and Wadi Rum, including traditional medicine, camel husbandry, tent-making craftsmanship, tracking and climbing as well as rituals of coffee-making and oral traditions reflecting their mythology.
The principal goal of the project is to safeguard the main features of the lifestyle and oral expressions of the Bedu that have developed in two selected areas of Southern Jordan (Petra and Wadi Rum region) over the course of millennia and that are being lost due to inevitable societal changes.
The action plan revolves around two projects:
- The collection and intergenerational transmission of oral heritage;
- The transmission and adaptation of knowledge and know-how related to camel and weaving, two “pillars of bedu culture”.
The main beneficiaries are communities of settled and mobile bedu living in and around the sites of Petra and Wadi Rum.The action plan is being implemented by the Jordanian Hashemite Fund for Human Development through its network of community development centers in the regions of Petra and Wadi Rum, and through several independent community-based associations.
Safeguarding traditional games of the Afar and the Somali people in the Horn of Africa12-2006/03-2009, Djibouti
Safeguarding traditional Somali performing arts04-2008/03-2009, Somalia
Action plan for the safeguarding of the Song of Saana11-2005/01-2009, Yemen
Preservation, Revitalization and Promotion of Jemaa el-Fna Square, Marrakech03-2004/12-2008, Morocco
Safeguarding Palestinian Hikaye11-2006/09-2008, Palestine
Enhancing Women’s Role as Custodians and Artisans of Egyptian Handicrafts01-2005/05-2006, Egypt
Promotion and documentation of women’s intangible cultural heritage in Mauritania2004/2005, Mauritania