From 29 July to 2 August, about thirty participants from governmental and non-governmental institutions from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua are meeting in Managua, Nicaragua, to receive intensive training on the nomination process, from preparation to evaluation and examination. These sessions are mainly practical and participative and will rely on mock nominations that participants will need to analyse and improve in accordance with the criteria set out in the Operational Directives for the implementation of the Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage.
Conducted by the UNESCO-trained facilitators, María Ismenia Toledo from Venezuela and Enrique López from Mexico, this is the first workshop on the preparation of nominations of intangible cultural heritage elements for inscription on the Urgent Safeguarding List and the Representative List that will take place in Latin America. It complements the training that these same participants have already received on the implementation of the Convention at the national level and community-based inventorying.
These sessions are part of the regional capacity-building project funded by the generous contribution of Spain to the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund for safeguarding intangible cultural heritage in Central America which is being implemented throughout 2013. As such, this activity benefits from the support of the Central American Educational and Cultural Coordination (CECC/SICA) and the Institute of Culture of Nicaragua.