Egypt, Lebanon and Jordan have just taken another step in safeguarding their intangible cultural heritage. After months of meticulous preparation, the three partner countries of the ‘MedLiHer - Mediterranean Living Heritage’ project have signed partnership agreements with UNESCO, co-financed by the European Union and UNESCO. Each US$175,000 partnership will support implementing national projects focused on community-based inventorying.
In Lebanon, the research teams will be working with the communities of Zajal, a form of poetry widespread in the country. Egypt and Jordan will work with local communities in the governorates of Damietta and Madaba. For each project a workshop will train the concerned actors before the field inventorying begins.
The Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage provides that each State Party shall draw up, in a manner geared to its own situation, one or more inventories of the intangible cultural heritage present in its territory, thus ensuring its identification in order to safeguard it (Article 12).
MedLiHer - Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Mediterranean Partner Countries (1 January 2009 – 1 January 2013)