Safeguarding intangible cultural heritage through strengthening national capacities in Morocco, Mauritania and Tunisia

  • Project budget:
    • US$ 705,581
  • Source:
    • Norway earmarked contribution to the Fund
    • Spain earmarked contribution to the Fund
  • Dates of implementation:
    • 01/03/2013 - 01/12/2021
  • Documents:
    • Progress report (11-2014): French
    • Progress report, November 2015: French
    • Progress report November 2016: French
    • Progress report 2017: French

Benefitting country(ies): Mauritania, Morocco, Tunisia


The aim of this project is to assist three countries in the Maghreb sub-region in the safeguarding of their intangible cultural heritage through the effective implementation of the Convention. It aims to build a critical mass of experience and knowledge, both in government institutions and in civil society, so that the beneficiary countries will be equipped with a suitable framework for the sustainable safeguarding of the intangible heritage and the implementation of the Convention over the long term.

To this end, the project will implement an integrated strategy, including a series of workshops and activities tailored to respond to the identified needs of each country. This project will cover the core concepts of the Convention. It will provide the beneficiary countries with a thorough understanding of their obligations at the national level and a substantial knowledge of the mechanisms for international cooperation established by the Convention. Based on an initial needs evaluation, the themes addressed will include the implementation at national level, the revision of legal and legislative frameworks, community-based inventorying, the preparation of nomination files for the Urgent Safeguarding List, the Representative List and the Register of Best Safeguarding Practices, and the preparation of requests for international assistance.

Each beneficiary country will also benefit from other safeguarding interventions tailored to their specific needs, ranging from practical experience of community-based inventorying to the provision of technical assistance and consultations on institutional or legal reforms. The project will also support the establishment of adequate mechanisms for the management of the intangible cultural heritage.
The project therefore implies sustained investment in the human resources of the beneficiary countries. It aims to create a core group of managers and actors in the field of cultural heritage with a thorough knowledge of the Convention and its mechanisms. The project also includes a series of activities and interventions, primarily organized on a national basis, but with the possibility of sub-regional synergy and cooperation between Maghreb countries.

News and activities:

01/06/2021 - 01/12/2021 – Recovery of living heritage from the COVID-19 pandemic: Ulos weavers and Gorga sculptors in the Toba region in Indonesia 01/10/2017 - 01/12/2021 – Safeguarding and valorization of knowledge and know-how linked to craftsmanship in danger of disappearing