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Intangible cultural heritage

Traditions, knowledge, craftsmanship techniques  
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Periodic report
Reporting on the national implementation of the Convention

The 2003 Convention's Article 29 requires States Parties to report on various measures taken to preserve the intangible cultural heritage within their territories. Periodic reporting allows States Parties to assess their implementation of the Convention, evaluate their capacity to conserve intangible cultural heritage, describe activities, and update the status of items on the Representative List. The report (called a periodic report) is also one of the Convention's key mechanisms for international cooperation, which allows States and communities to benefit from the experiences of other States Parties and to share information on effective conservation measures and strategies.
The aim is to give an overall picture of the past years and to make visible the activities of the State in the spirit of the Convention. Special attention will be paid to the elaboration of the state report by the individual executing agencies and the individual stakeholders at the national, regional and local levels. At the same time, not only the status quo, but also a future-oriented approach should be included. The implementation report is required from the member states approximately every 5-6 years; the first report was submitted in 2015, the second in 2021.

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