Decision of the Intergovernmental Committee: 9.COM 5.b.4

The Committee,

  1. Having examined document ITH/14/9.COM/5.b,
  2. Recalling Chapter V of the Operational Directives, and its Decision 4.COM 14.08,
  3. Expresses appreciation to Mali for submitting its report on the status of the element ‘The Sanké mon: collective fishing rite of the Sanké’, inscribed in 2009 on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding;
  4. Takes note with satisfaction of the efforts undertaken by the State Party to respond to the concerns raised by the Committee at the time of inscription;
  5. Encourages the State Party to continue its efforts to involve local communities in planning and implementing present and future safeguarding activities, in particular by strengthening their capacity to safeguard and manage the element and by supporting local actors in programming, planning, follow-up and evaluation and in the preparation of technical and financial reports on the safeguarding activities;
  6. Further encourages the State Party to undertake additional environmental conservation actions, in particular in the area of water conservation and management;
  7. Invites the State Party to take forward its safeguarding strategy for this element and to build upon the local management capacities already developed through elaborating jointly with the local communities a longer-term approach aimed at ensuring the sustainability of the achievements thus far;
  8. Takes note of the ongoing emergency international assistance granted in 2013 for the inventory of intangible cultural heritage in Mali with a view to its urgent safeguarding and encourages the State Party to coordinate that action with the ongoing measures being taken for Sanké mon;
  9. Requests the Secretariat to inform the State Party twelve months prior to the deadline of 15 December 2017 for the submission of its next report on the status of this element.