12/07/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 12/07/2021 16:11
UNESCO has prepared a PDF publication featuring seven case studies carried-out in 2021 as part of a pilot project to support research and documentation of traditional knowledge systems, as part of communities' intangible cultural heritage, linked to biodiversity conservation, climate change and disaster risk reduction in Eastern Africa.
Intangible Cultural Heritage includes traditions or living expressions inherited from our ancestors and passed on to our descendants, such as oral traditions, performing arts, social practices, rituals, festive events, knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe or the knowledge and skills to produce traditional crafts. The UNESCO 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage recognizes the contribution of intangible cultural heritage to environmental sustainability, including in the areas of sustainable natural resource management and the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.
The case studies, which took into account guidance from an international Advisory Panel Research Brief based on UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage Convention and Local and Indigenous Knowledge Systems (LINKS) Programme, include the following topics:
UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa coordinated the pilot project in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP(link is external)), the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR(link is external)), and the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM(link is external)). The publication was produced in collaboration with the University of Seychelles, and features the seven case studies along with maps and photos. As part of the project, national teams also prepared short video documentaries and shared their experiences during an online regional conference on 30 April 2021.