Thailand’s efforts in safeguarding intangible cultural heritage through strengthening local communities' capacities

  • Project budget:
    • US$ 111,000
  • Source:
    • CRIHAP contribution (US$ 61,000)
    • National resources of Thailand (US$ 50,000 in cash and in kind)
  • Dates of implementation:
    • 05/02/2018 - 30/04/2019

Benefitting country(ies): Thailand


In June 2016, Thailand ratified the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage. To strengthen capacities for safeguarding intangible cultural heritage at the national and local level, Thailand’s Department of Cultural Promotion under the Ministry of Culture, the International Training Centre for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage under the auspices of UNESCO (CRIHAP) and UNESCO Bangkok field office undertook two national capacity-building workshops dedicated towards the implementation of the Convention and inventorying of intangible cultural heritage in May 2018.
Two UNESCO-accredited facilitators, Dr Paritta Chalermpow Koanantakool and Dr Alexandra Denes, with the support of Dr Chavivan Prachuabmoh, led the two workshops. The training workshops targeted stakeholders at the national and community levels to strengthen their commitment to safeguarding intangible cultural heritage. Through combining presentations, group discussions, and fieldwork, the programme provided the participants with a comprehensive view of principles and approaches embodied in the 2003 Convention and helped towards a critical reflection on how the 2003 Convention fits within Thailand’s national policy and methodologies.

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CRIHAP is funding two pilot field-inventorying projects. Of the two pilot inventorying and safeguarding activity, the first one is planned for Pgakenyaw Karen rotational farming in Chiang Mai province and the second is on the inventorying of Lakhon Chatri performing art at Nang Loeng community in Bangkok, Thailand.

Project documents

  • Agenda for implementation workshop : English
  • Agenda for inventorying workshop : English
  • Pilot inventory project description : English

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