- Recalling Chapter V of the Convention and Chapter I of the Operational Directives,
- Having examined Document ITH/17/12.COM 2.BUR/4, as well as International Assistance request no. 01213,
- Takes note that Cuba has requested International Assistance for a project entitled Identification, definition and inventory of the intangible cultural heritage in the Cuban province of Guantanamo:
As part of a long-term national strategy for the implementation of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in Cuba, the project aims at identifying, defining and inventorying the intangible cultural heritage present in Guantanamo, the easternmost province of the country. Far from the large urban centres, Guantanamo is one of the least socially and economically developed provinces in the country, hampering communication with and access to many communities compared to other parts of the country. Thus, in spite of several initiatives undertaken by the National Council for Cultural Heritage in relation to the intangible cultural heritage of the province, the information contained in the Council’s Automated Inventory System on Cuban Cultural Heritage about this territory is practically non-existent. This is coupled with a lack of trained personnel, financial resources and the necessary equipment to support communities in carrying out participatory inventories of their intangible cultural heritage. As the implementing organization, the National Council for Cultural Heritage will carry out a series of activities together with the Provincial Centre of Houses of Culture. These will start with an initial meeting to present the project objectives to the provincial administration and civil society and will continue with training in participatory inventory methods and fieldwork in ten municipalities. The project is expected to help assess the degree of viability of a number of local intangible cultural heritage elements and identify appropriate safeguarding measures.
- Further takes note that this assistance concerns support for a project carried out at the local level with the aim of preparing inventories in accordance with Article 2 (b) of the Convention, and that it takes the form of the granting of a donation in line with Article 21 (g) of the Convention;
- Also takes note that Cuba requested an allocation of US$65,744.60 from the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund for the implementation of the project;
- Decides that, from the information provided in file no. 01213, the request responds as follows to the criteria for granting International Assistance set out in paragraphs 10 and 12 of the Operational Directives:
- Approves the International Assistance request from Cuba for the project entitled Identification, definition and inventory of the intangible cultural heritage in the Cuban province of Guantanamo and grants an amount of US$65,744.60 to the State Party to this end;
- Invites the State Party to ensure the widest possible participation of the communities that create, maintain and transmit the heritage that the project seeks to inventory in the implementation of all activities, and to put a monitoring mechanism in place through which communities’ concerns and aspirations can be raised during the course of the project;
- Requests that the Secretariat reach an agreement with the requesting State Party on the technical details of the assistance. Particular attention should be paid to a detailed work plan and an activity-based budget of the activities to be covered by the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund which is specific enough to provide a sufficient justification of the expenditures and to allow the actual expenses to be matched directly against the projections;
- Further invites the State Party to use the ICH-04-Report Form when reporting on the use of the assistance provided.