Ecuador ratified the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Culture Heritage in 2008. Despite important efforts mobilized by the State Party for the effective safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage and an institutional environment conducive to the integration of culture in public policies, as in most countries, the viability of intangible cultural heritage present in Ecuador also faces serious threats of social and demographic nature. Work remains to be done to strengthen the capacities of existing public policies in the areas of sustainable development, gender equality, poverty alleviation, social cohesion and education to effectively contribute to safeguarding intangible cultural heritage and vice versa.
The country has implemented a national information system for registering intangible cultural heritage elements and elaborated guidelines for their safeguarding. However community participation is not systematic in drawing up inventories, designing and implementing safeguarding plans or related public policies. The participation is even less important when it comes to communities whose rights are vulnerable.
Activities proposed in the present project aim at providing both national and local institutions and bearers of intangible cultural heritage with knowledge and tools for the safeguarding of such heritage with a particular emphasis on its identification and definition. It will contribute to integrate into existing inventory approaches and relevant public principles of the 2003 Convention, in particular regarding community participation. The present project will thereby complement the work already achieved by the Ecuadorian Government while contributing to implement the political and legal framework in which intangible cultural heritage management is sustained at national, regional and local level. The project will be carried out in close collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and Heritage, the National Institute of Culture Heritage and the municipalities.
- 2017-10-02 – Ecuador consolidates its public policy for the safeguarding of its intangible cultural heritage
- 2016-11-09 – Workshop on elaboration of public policy tools for the ICH safeguarding national plan of Ecuador
- 2016-11-07 – Supporting Ecuador in mainstreaming intangible cultural heritage in public policies
- 2016-06-29 – Ecuador making progress towards consolidating its public policies to help safeguard living heritage
- 2016-06-13 – Workshop on formulating public policy and post-disaster recovery tools for safeguarding intangible cultural heritage
- 2016-05-16 – Workshop on the formulation of public policy tools relevant to safeguarding intangible cultural heritage
- 2016-04-04 – Workshop on the formulation of public policy tools for safeguarding intangible cultural heritage
- 2016-04-04 – Local governments in Ecuador committed to policies for safeguarding intangible cultural heritage
- 2015-09-02 – Inventorying of intangible cultural heritage in Ecuador
- 2015-08-31 – Inventorying of living heritage rolls on in Ecuador!
- 2015-08-24 – Inventorying of living heritage in Ecuador
- 2015-06-24 – Collective steps in inventorying and safeguarding living heritage in Ecuador
٠٤/٠٨/٢٠١٦ - ٣٠/٠٦/٢٠١٧ – Inventorying of the music and dance of the Lozi and Nkoya people of Kaoma District٠٣/٠٨/٢٠١٦ - ٢٨/٠٢/٢٠١٧ – Inventorying of intangible cultural heritage elements in Thaba-Bosiu in Lesotho