Decisión del Comité intergubernamental: 16.COM 7.A.4

The Committee,

  1. Having examined document LHE/21/16.COM/7.a,
  2. Recalling Chapter V of the Operational Directives and its Decision COM 10.a.3,
  3. Expresses its appreciation to Portugal for submitting, on time, its first report on the status of the element ‘Bisalhães black pottery manufacturing process’, inscribed in 2016 on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding;
  4. Takes note of the efforts described in report submitted by Portugal to safeguard the element, in particular through raising public awareness, upgrading infrastructures, supporting economic activities related to the pottery, establishing synergies between traditional craftsmanship and contemporary art, and successfully raising European Union funding for implementing the safeguarding plan;
  5. Further takes note of the efforts of community members, organizations and institutions to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic situation, by integrating some of the postponed important safeguarding measures into the updated safeguarding plan;
  6. Invites the State Party to pursue the implementation of the safeguarding measures, including the modernization of the workshops, and to ensure that potters are the primary beneficiaries of economic activities resulting from their living heritage, including in tourism, thereby strengthening the economic viability of the element;
  7. Encourages the State Party to raise awareness among the community concerned of the constant recreation of intangible cultural heritage, as defined in Article 2 of the Convention, and thus recognition of its changing character;
  8. Recalls the importance of an active and wide participation of the communities and groups concerned in updating the safeguarding plan, and further encourages the State Party to ensure their full participation in the elaboration of future safeguarding plans and to foster a balance between the role of the municipal council and that of the communities in the safeguarding process;
  9. Requests that the Secretariat inform the State Party at least nine months prior to the deadline of 15 December 2024 about the required submission of its next report on the status of this element.