The EuroMed Heritage "Mediterranean Living Heritage"(MedLiHer) project this week held a workshop in Amman on how to nominate elements of intangible cultural heritage to the UNESCO Representative and Urgent Safeguarding Lists. Participants acquired hands-on experience on the requirements of the nomination process, evaluating sample nominations and gaining insights on key issues. These range from the descriptions of intangible cultural heritage elements and adequate safeguarding strategies to the participation of communities.
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Culture Heritage AssetsIntangible culture heritage includes song, music, drama, skills, crafts, dialects and the other parts of culture that can be recorded but cannot be touched and interacted with, without a vehicle for the culture. This intangible heritage is transmitted from generation to generation, and provides communities with a sense of identity and continuity, but a rapidly evolving world is putting such heritage at risk, and an urgent need for recognition and preservation has been agreed upon by the international community.
Participants at the Amman seminar included members from the Jordan National Commission for Education, Culture and Science and the Ministry of Culture as well as resource persons from the Madaba region, who were involved in the inventorying exercise.
Two accredited UNESCO facilitators, Prof. Dr. Hani Hayajneh (Jordan) and Prof. Dr. Mustafa Gad (Egypt), ran the workshop, using the capacity-building workshop materials developed by UNESCO. They are part of a global network of experts trained by UNESCO to deliver the global capacity-building strategy for the implementation of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.
The MedLiHer project, which started in 2010 and is part of the larger Euromed Heritage 4 programme, aims at enhancing institutional capacities in Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon for safeguarding intangible cultural heritage in the three countries and build knowledge and skills for their effective participation in the international mechanisms established by the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (2003).
EuroMed Heritage IV is a €17 million EU-funded programme, which contributes to the exchange of experiences on cultural heritage, creates networks and promotes cooperation with the Mediterranean Partner Countries. It focuses on the appropriation by the local populations of their cultural heritage and favours access to education and knowledge of cultural heritage. It supports a framework for the exchange of experiences, channels for the dissemination of best practices and new perspectives aimed at the development of an institutional cultural environment.