Decision of the Intergovernmental Committee: 12.COM 8.C.6

The Committee,

  1. Having examined document ITH/17/12.COM/8.c,
  2. Recalling Chapter V of the Operational Directives and its Decision 5.COM 5.2,
  3. Expresses its thanks to China for submitting its report on the status of the element ‘Watertight-bulkhead technology of Chinese junks’, inscribed in 2010 on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding;
  4. Takes note of the continued efforts undertaken by China to safeguard the element, in particular those addressing the three broad objectives of safeguarding the bearers and the modes of transmission, improving upon the social visibility and public awareness of the element and responding to a number of challenges faced by the element and its bearers in the past;
  5. Invites the State Party to continue to safeguard modes of transmission, including in vocational schools and by providing bearers with financial and social support, as well as by encouraging apprentices and young people to undertake professional training, documenting the element and developing digital databases to make the materials available;
  6. Encourages the State Party to continue its awareness-raising activities, including the promotion of the element through museum exhibitions, on-site demonstrations and other activities, and to further develop formal, vocational and extra-curricular education on the element and its traditional knowledge;
  7. Requests that the Secretariat inform the State Party at least nine months prior to the deadline of 15 December 2018 about the required submission of its next report on the status of this element.