• Project budget:
    • US$ 200,000
  • Source:
    • Japan Funds-in-Trust
  • Dates of implementation:
    • 01/06/2012 - 01/02/2014

Benefitting country(ies): Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay


The present project was among the first of its kind to be implemented in Latin America. It aimed at assisting Argentina as a priority and also Paraguay and Uruguay, in safeguarding their intangible cultural heritage by acquiring broad and solid knowledge of the 2003 Convention and its mechanism.

Workshops on the implementation of UNESCO’s 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage were organized at the national level. Delegates from governmental and civil society actors (community members, NGOs, academics) from Argentina and Uruguay participated in the workshops together with a civil society representative from Paraguay. A virtual network for exchange was established among all the participants as a platform for information, exchange, consultation, reflection, support and training among workshop participants.

Another facade of the project focused on community-based inventorying in the spirit of the 2003 Convention. Two training sessions were held in Buenos Aires City (Argentina) and a third one in Asunción (Paraguay). These sessions aimed at equipping participants with the fundamental knowledge and techniques to design and facilitate an inventorying process with the participation of communities and tailored to their particular circumstances.

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