Projects for the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage

This page presents the projects and programmes aiming at safeguarding intangible cultural heritage implemented in cooperation with UNESCO. They are either the result of the approval by the Committee of financial assistance requests or the implementation of projects designed by UNESCO and financed by its regular budget or by extrabudgetary funds.

Beneficiaries
Activity type
Amount
Source of funds
Period
Results : 4 projects

4 benefitting country(ies) - US $ 260,104

Inventory and promotion of the intangible cultural heritage of the Pygmy populations of Gabon

  • Financial assistance:
    • US$ 24,560 granted in 2015
  • Dates of implementation:
    • 01/09/2015 - 01/12/2017
  • Documents:

Benefitting country(ies): Gabon

Overview:

Having benefited from capacity building activities, Gabon has recognized the need for a safeguarding action towards the intangible cultural heritage of Pygmy populations, for which surveys conducted with these populations highlighted the endangered elements constituent to their identity. The project proposed aims to draw up an inventory of the intangible cultural heritage of the Pygmy populations Babongo, Baka and Bakoya›››

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Documenting and inventorying intangible cultural heritage of the pastoralist Samburu community in northern Kenya: a focus on the region of Mount Kulal biosphere reserve

  • Financial assistance:
    • US$ 24,038 granted in 2015
  • Dates of implementation:
    • 04/12/2015 - 31/05/2016
  • Documents:

Benefitting country(ies): Kenya

Overview:

The proposed project, which is designed in line with the 2006 National Heritage Act of Kenya, aims to safeguard the intangible cultural heritage of the semi-nomadic pastoralist Samburu community living within the Mount Kulal Biosphere Reserve (designated in 1979 through UNESCO’s Man and Biosphere programme) in northern Kenya. Due to external political, economic and cultural influences as well as environmental degradation, the v›››

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Safeguarding and promotion of indigenous knowledge associated with the ecological environment of the Black Ha Nhi in Lao Cai Province, Viet Nam

Benefitting country(ies): Viet Nam

Overview:

The Black Ha Nhi people have developed and passed on place-based knowledge and a body of customary laws to cope with living conditions and survival experiences as well as to protect their natural environment. Ecological indigenous knowledge of the Black Ha Nhi includes behavioural practices in taking care of trees, preventing fire and soil erosion and protecting the topographical setting›››


Documentation, promotion and dissemination of the Candombe traditional drum calls, expressions of identity of the Sur, Palermo, and Cordón neighbourhoods in the city of Montevideo

  • Financial assistance:
    • US$ 186,875 granted in 2012
  • Dates of implementation:
    • 02/09/2013 - 31/08/2015
  • Documents:

Benefitting country(ies): Uruguay

Overview:

With the objective of strengthening the practice of Candombe not only in Montevideo but also in other provinces of Uruguay by promoting its transmission to younger generations and reinforcing the safeguarding capacities of local associations of practitioners, the project started in September 2013. This late start is due to a one-year process of project development aiming to ensure greater sustainability of›››


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