After 18th constitutional amendment act 2010, the subject of culture was devolved to provinces. In order to establish a National level team for safeguarding of ICH, National History & Literary Heritage Division signed a memorandum with CRIHAP, a Category-II office of UNESCO at Beijing for capacity building of the persons dealing with ICH in the country. Under this memorandum two training workshops have been held as detailed below.
1. IMPLEMENTATION OF 2003 CONVENTION FOR SAFEGUARDING OF THE INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE (ICH).
This workshop was arranged by this Division in collaboration with CRIHAP from 17-23 December, 2015 at Beijing China. The representatives of Federal / Provincial Ministries / Divisions / Departments, PNCA, Lok Virsa, Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan participated in this workshop.
2. COMMUNITY BASED INVENTORYING OF THE ICH
This workshop was jointly organized by CRIHAP, China and NH&LH Division in close collaboration with UNESCO Islamabad Office from 12-18/12/2016 at Margala Hotel, Islamabad. It was also attended by the representatives of Federal / Provincial Ministries / Divisions / Departments, PNCA, Lok Virsa, Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan. During this workshop a field tour of Truk Art and Stone Carving was also arranged for hands on training.
OPENING CEREMONY OF THE WORKSHOP "COMMUNITY BASED INVENTORYING OF THE ICH"
CLOSING CEREMONY OF THE WORKSHOP "COMMUNITY BASED INVENTORYING OF THE ICH"
Pakistan is a signatory of UNESCO Convention 2003 for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage and in order to fulfill the responsibilities as a state party, Pakistan needs to adopt necessary measures and a comprehensive work plan.
During the workshop on community based inventorying of the intangible cultural heritage (Dec 12-18, 2016), the following recommendations have been agreed upon by all the participants:
INSTITUTIONAL ARRANGEMENT BETWEEN INTRA-AND INTER GOVERNMENT
- Establish ICH Cells within each administrative unit/Province, with clear mandate comprising all stakeholders headed by an appropriate individual (with substantial relevant expertise/portfolio). These cells will comprise of stakeholders from academia, concerned government departments, civil society organizations and tradition bearers (ustads) business community.
- The ICH Cells will be with standardized TORs, and Operational Plans, and develop comprehensive systems for database to be used nationwide.
- Federal government will expedite the process by writing to the Chief Secretaries of the Provinces with copies to the relevant department with the request to have ICH cell in place.
- Appoint a relevant Focal Person for each ICH Cell, including federal and all of the Provincesfor constant liaison, reporting etc, to meet the expectations of the partners and global community.
- Enhance Communication through creating an online group (Facebook, Google etc.)
- Separate budget will be allocated for the ICH Cells of the Provinces.
- Access to Experts to perform certain tasks& give inputs.
- At province level, create a trained group of ICH master trainers equipped to deal with matters concerning ICH including awareness building, inventorying etc.
INVENTORYING & SAFEGAURDING
- Final form will be adopted by all provinces and agencies for Community Based Inventorying, which should begin soon with quarterly reporting
- All will maintain a Register of Assets and Database as per 2) above and according to RL and USL and also identify the Best Safeguarding Practice if any. Furthermore each will urgently start the process of Safeguarding in accordance to international standards in keeping with the UNESCO Convention 2003.
- The National Government will also maintain a List of National Assets based on Provincial Lists.
- Given that the threat and risk to ICH is alarming, the Federal Government will develop a system of acknowledgement/ appreciation to encourage the Safeguarding process by communities , organizations and governments.
- All the ICH Cells and the line Department will reach out to academia, civil society, market players, financial companies as well other government departments e.g. education, forest, industry, agriculture, environment etc. to encourage collaborative efforts.
The Committee after consultation with all the participants of the workshop nominates the following representatives from all administrative units:
- Mr. Nazir Ahmed, Chairman, Federal
- Mr. Naeem Safi, KPK/FATA
- Mr. Waseem Raja, Federal
- Mr. JamilHussain, Balochistan
- Mr. HidayatUllah, Sindh
- Mr. Mughees bin Aziz, Punjab
- Mr. SajidHussain, GB
- Mr. LuqmanFarooq, AJK