Strengthening national capacities for effective safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage in Asia and the Pacific

  • Project budget:
    • US$ 899,835
  • Source:
    • Japan Funds-in-Trust
  • Dates of implementation:
    • 01/04/2015 - 31/10/2017

Benefitting country(ies): Fiji, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Mongolia, Samoa, Sri Lanka


With the successful completion of Phase I, this proposal for a second phase of the regional programme for safeguarding intangible cultural heritage through the strengthening of national capacities covers the following:

  • Reinforce the human and institutional capacities for the development of sustainable safeguarding measures, building on the inventorying work carried out under the initial phase of the regional capacity building programme;
  • Initiate a comprehensive first phase project to strengthen national capacities in Fiji, a new beneficiary country;
  • Provide individualized support to the development of policy and legal frameworks for safeguarding intangible cultural heritage in the beneficiary countries

The needs to be addressed under Phase II, are similar to the needs addressed under Phase I. However, in the countries that have already benefitted, they will take the process for the strengthening of national capacities a step further and focus in particular on safeguarding measures and policy development, while the new beneficiary country will start with basic knowledge on the Convention and inventorying, before moving to other safeguarding measures:

  • Redesign of the institutional infrastructure to cater to the specific needs of intangible heritage;
  • Revision of cultural and other policies and legislation;
  • Development of inventory methodologies and systems;
  • Development of sustainable safeguarding measures; and
  • Effective participation of beneficiary countries in the international cooperation mechanisms of the Convention.

News and activities:

01/09/2015 - 01/12/2017 – Inventory and promotion of the intangible cultural heritage of the Pygmy populations of Gabon03/10/2017 - 03/10/2017 – Safeguarding the intangible cultural heritage of Niger in a situation of urgency and for the resilience of displaced populations - pilot project in Tillabéry and Diffa