Decision of the Intergovernmental Committee: 16.COM 7.A.11

The Committee,

  1. Having examined document LHE/21/16.COM/7.a,
  2. Recalling Chapter V of the Operational Directives and its Decisions COM 5.1, and 12.COM 8.c.5,
  3. Expresses its appreciation to China for submitting its second report on the status of the element ‘Meshrep’, inscribed in 2010 on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding, which was initially due for submission by 15 December 2018;
  4. Takes note of the initiatives described in the report submitted by China to safeguard the element, in particular through supporting the transmission of Meshrep to younger generations, sustaining the increased involvement of representative bearers as trainers, developing frameworks for inventorying the element at various levels, and encouraging education and research on the element;
  5. Invites the State Party to continue supporting the transmission of Meshrep by strengthening the apprenticeship and education on Meshrep, carrying out research and promotional activities, creating favourable conditions for the work of community organizations concerned with the element and its safeguarding, and sustaining the functioning of transmission bases and training centres within communities where the element is practiced;
  6. Recalls that the State Party’s report should include additional information to demonstrate an active and wide participation of the communities concerned and the relevant non-governmental organizations in the preparation of the report as well as for updating the safeguarding measures;
  7. Encourages the State Party to elaborate an updated safeguarding plan for the element with the widest possible participation of the communities concerned, while ensuring their free, prior and informed consent, in order to address the continuous risks to the viability of the element;
  8. Requests that the Secretariat inform the State Party at least nine months prior to the deadline of 15 December 2022 about the required submission of its next report on the status of this element.