ICH Safeguarding Efforts in the Asia-Pacific

Information on ICH safeguarding system, policy, organizations, and pending issues

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  • ICHCAP Field Survey Report on ICH Safeguarding Efforts in the South Asian Countries

    Based on the ICHCAP Field Survey on Intangible Cultural Heritage Safeguarding Efforts in some South Asian countries (2010–2013), this summary provides a brief overview on the ICH situation in Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka . The summary focuses mainly on ICH safeguarding systems, safeguarding policies, and ICH inventories as well as on pending issues and the urgent safeguarding needs of these countries. Moreover, information on the main entities in charge of ICH safeguarding and opinions of each country on the issue of community involvement are provided. To give a quick overview these countries’ participation in ICH safeguarding at the international level, some additional information related to UNESCO is specified as well. Some information on the ICH safeguarding status of Pakistan is updated, based on Periodic Report No.00794/Pakistan on the implementation of the Convention and on the status of elements inscribed on the RL submitted to UNESCO on December 2012. This survey report offers a large sample of the diverse ICH situations in South Asian countries. Each country has a different background on the issue of intangible heritage. Although all the participating countries are concerned about the threats facing ICH, most of the countries participating in the survey haven’t defined the ICH and haven’t established national ICH lists and/or ICH inventories.However, each country expresses a high degree of motivation and encouragement for safeguarding o ICH, sharing experiences, and cooperating internationally. A common point noticed among them is that they tend to pay more attention to traditional performing arts in comparison to other ICH domains. Apart from the main subject, information on the situation of intellectual property related to ICH safeguarding in each country is included. However, this issue is very briefly reflected, so it is necessary to go through the ICHCAP Field Survey on Intellectual Property Issues in the Process of ICH Information Building and Information Sharing (2011–2012) to obtain more comprehensive and concrete information on this topic.
    Bangladesh

    Bangladesh

    • Ratified the ICH Convention in 2009; conducted survey in 2010
    • As of April 2013, has one element on the RL of UNESCO and no accredited NGOs
    Bangladesh
    • SummaryView
    • Safeguarding system & policyView
    • Intangible Cultural Heritage InventoryView
    • Relevant OrganisationsView
    • Meetings on Intangible Cultural HeritageView
    • The Representative List of the ICH of HumanityView
    • Living Human Treasures System (LHTS)View
    • Pending issues & urgent needs on safeguarding of ICHView
    • List of Co-researchersView
    • Annex 1 | The Asiatic Society of BangladeshView
    • Annex 2 | PhotographsView
    Bhutan

    Bhutan

    • Ratified the ICH Convention in 2005; conducted survey in 2010
    • As of April 2013, has one element on the RL of UNESCO and no accredited NGOs
    Bhutan
    • SummaryView
    • Safeguarding system & policyView
    • Intangible Cultural Heritage InventoryView
    • Meeetings on Intangible Cultural HeritageView
    • The Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of HumanityView
    • Cultural Centres and ResponsibilitiesView
    • Living Human Treasures System (LHTS)View
    • Pending issues & urgent needs regarding the safeguarding of ICHView
    • Reference MaterialsView
    • List of Co-researchersView
    • Annex 1 | PhotographsView
    • Annex 2 | Report on ICH Safeguarding Effort in BhutanView
    • Annex 3 | Relevant LawView
    • Annex 4 | Cultural Policy of BhutanView
    India

    India

    • Ratified the ICH Convention in 2005; conducted survey in 2013
    • As of December 2014, has eleven elements on the RL and twenty-eight accredited NGOs
    India
    • SummaryView
    • BackgroundView
    • Safeguarding System & PolicyView
    • Intangible Cultural Heritage InventoryView
    • Relevant OrganisationsView
    • Meetings on Intangible Cultural HeritageView
    • The Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of HumanityView
    • Scheme for Sustaining the Living and Diverse Cultural Traditions of IndiaView
    • Living Human Treasures SystemView
    • Pending IssuesView
    • ConclusionView
    • List of Co-researchersView
    • Annex1 | PhotographsView
    • Annex2 | IGNCA Inventory on Intangible Cultural HeritageView
    Iran

    Iran

    • Ratified the ICH Convention in 2006; conducted survey in 2012
    • As of December 2014, has ten elements on the RL and two accredited NGOs
    Iran
    • SummaryView
    • Safeguarding System & PolicyView
    • Intangible Cultural Heritage InventoryView
    • Relevant OrganizationsView
    • Achievements on ICHView
    • Records of the Islamin Republic of Iran in International Inscriptions of ICHView
    • Living Human Treasures SystemView
    • Pending Issues and Urgent Needs on Safeguarding of ICHView
    • List of Co-researchersView
    • Annex | PhotographsView
    Nepal

    Nepal

    • Ratified the ICH Convention in 2010; conducted survey in 2010
    • As of April 2013, has no elements on the ICH Lists of UNESCO and
      no accredited NGOs
    Nepal
    • SummaryView
    • Safeguarding system & policyView
    • Intangible Cultural Heritage InventoryView
    • Relevant OrganisationsView
    • Meetings on Intangible Cultural HeritageView
    • Intangible cultural heritage in NepalView
    • Profiles of selected intangible cultural heritage of NepalView
    • Pending issues & urgent needs regarding the safeguarding of ICHView
    • List of Co-researchersView
    • Annex 1 | Preliminary StudyView
    • Annex 2 | Project IntroductionView
    • Annex 3 | A Country ReportView
    • Annex 4 | PhotographsView
    Pakistan

    Pakistan

    • Ratified the ICH Convention in 2005; conducted survey in 2011
    • As of April 2013, has one element on the RL of UNESCO and no accredited NGOs
    • Submitted its periodic report on the implementation of the Convention and status of
      elements inscribed on the RL to UNESCO in December 2012
    Pakistan
    • SummaryView
    • Safeguarding system & policyView
    • Intangible Cultural Heritage InventoryView
    • Relevant OrganisationsView
    • Meetings on Intangible Cultural HeritageView
    • Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of HumanityView
    • Provisional Inscribed ItemView
    • Pending issues & urgent needs on safeguarding of ICHView
    • List of Co-researchersView
    • Annex 1 | Lok Virsa Legal Status OrdinanceView
    • Annex 2 | Country ReportView
    • Annex 3 | PhotographsView
    Sri Lanka

    Sri Lanka

    • Accepted the ICH Convention in 2008; conducted survey 2011
    • As of April 2013, has no elements on the Lists of UNESCO and no accredited NGOs
    Sri_Lanka
    • SummaryView
    • Safeguarding system & policyView
    • Intangible Cultural Heritage InventoryView
    • Relevant OrganisationsView
    • Meetings on Intangible Cultural HeritageView
    • Provisional List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of HumanityView
    • Provisional List of Urgent SafeguardingView
    • Safeguarding MeasuresView
    • Living Human Treasures Systems (LHTS)View
    • Pending issues & urgent needs on safeguarding of ICHView
    • List of Co-researchersView
    • Annex 1 | Cultural Property ActView
    • Annex 2 | PhotographsView
    Turkey

    Turkey

    • Ratified the ICH Convention in 2006; conducted survey in 2013
    • As of December 2014, has twelve ICH elements on the RL and ten accredited NGOs
    Turkey
    • SummaryView
    • Safeguarding System & PolicyView
    • Intangible Cultural Heritage InventoryView
    • Relevant OrganisationsView
    • Meetings on Intangible Cultural HeritageView
    • The Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of HumanityView
    • Living Human Treasures SystemView
    • Pending Issues and Urgent NeedsView
    • ReferencesView
    • Annex | PhotographsView