Browse the Lists of Intangible Cultural Heritage and the Register of good safeguarding practices

The Committee meets annually to evaluate nominations proposed by States Parties to the 2003 Convention and decide whether or not to inscribe those cultural practices and expressions of intangible heritage on the Convention’s Lists.

By clicking on the inscribed elements listed below, you can discover the nominations, photos and videos, together with Committee decisions and evidence of community consent.

You may also experience a conceptual, visual and interactive navigation through ‘Dive into Intangible Cultural Heritage’ interfaces which demonstrate the thematic interconnectedness between all the elements inscribed and their relation to nature or to threats.


The designations employed in the texts and documents of the nomination presented by the submitting State Party or States Parties do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the Committee nor UNESCO concerning a) the legal status of any country, territory, city or area, b) the legal status of its authorities or c) the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries.







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Results : 34 elements corresponding to 5 regions and 38 countries
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2022

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Timber raftingAustria – Czechia – Germany – Latvia – Poland – Spain

2021

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Building and use of expanded dugout boats in the Soomaa regionEstonia
Carolinian wayfinding and canoe makingMicronesia (Federated States of)

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Dutar making craftsmanship and traditional music performing art combined with singingTurkmenistan
GamelanIndonesia

2020

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Traditional knowledge and techniques associated with Pasto Varnish mopa-mopa of Putumayo and NariñoColombia

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Knowledge, know-how and practices pertaining to the production and consumption of couscousAlgeria – Mauritania – Morocco – Tunisia
Traditional skills, techniques and knowledge for the conservation and transmission of wooden architecture in JapanJapan

2019

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Armenian letter art and its cultural expressionsArmenia
Traditional technique of making Airag in Khokhuur and its associated customsMongolia
Traditional Turkish archeryTürkiye

2017

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Pinisi, art of boatbuilding in South SulawesiIndonesia

2016

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Mangal Shobhajatra on Pahela BaishakhBangladesh

Register of Good Safeguarding Practices

Community project of safeguarding the living culture of Rovinj/Rovigno: the Batana EcomuseumCroatia
Oselvar boat - reframing a traditional learning process of building and use to a modern contextNorway
Regional Centres for Craftsmanship: a strategy for safeguarding the cultural heritage of traditional handicraftAustria

2014

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Mapoyo oral tradition and its symbolic reference points within their ancestral territoryVenezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Coming forth of the masks and puppets in MarkalaMali

2013

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Celebrations of big shoulder-borne processional structuresItaly

2011

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Traditional skills of building and sailing Iranian Lenj boats in the Persian GulfIran (Islamic Republic of)

2010

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Watertight-bulkhead technology of Chinese junksChina

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Compagnonnage, network for on-the-job transmission of knowledge and identitiesFrance
Daemokjang, traditional wooden architectureRepublic of Korea

2009

List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding

Traditional design and practices for building Chinese wooden arch bridgesChina

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

China engraved block printing techniqueChina
Chinese traditional architectural craftsmanship for timber-framed structuresChina
Ijele masqueradeNigeria

2008

Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Barkcloth making in UgandaUganda
Cross-crafting and its symbolismLithuania
Gbofe of Afounkaha, the music of the transverse trumps of the Tagbana communityCôte d'Ivoire
Kankurang, Manding initiatory riteGambia – Senegal
Mak Yong theatreMalaysia
Oxherding and oxcart traditions in Costa RicaCosta Rica
Woodcrafting knowledge of the ZafimaniryMadagascar
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