ICHCAP published the Handbook on ICH Safeguarding Policy Systems in the Asia-Pacific Region, a collection of information on national ICH safeguarding activities in the region. The handbook contains comprehensive information gathered from thirty-two countries from 2009 to 2015 through ICHCAP’s annual project for information collection on ICH safeguarding activities in the Asia-Pacific region. The handbook was prepared based on various reports and meeting materials collected by ICHCAP. National information in the collection are divided into five sections—Overview, National ICH Undertakings, Safeguarding Activities, National Inventory(ies), and ICH-Related Organizations. The handbook is published in English and Korean.
The Overview section provides basic information about each country and its relations with UNESCO as well as facts and figures, such as accredited NGOs, Urgent Safeguarding List, Representative List, and exemplary cases. In the National ICH Undertakings section, ICH and related laws and regulations of countries are defined. If there is no such established law in a country, other laws that may provide legal grounds or relevant legal obligations are described. The section also identifies how countries define ICH, allowing readers to understand different perceptions of ICH. The Safeguarding Activities section explains national ICH safeguarding activities such as projects, festivals, and the formation of organizations. The National Inventory(ies) section describes the number of ICH elements under national protection, ICH classification methods, and how to access the elements. Lastly, in the ICH-Related Organizations section, there is basic information about government agencies, promotion agencies, research and education institutions, UNESCO National Commissions, and local NGOs.
As an organization specializing in ICH information and networking, ICHCAP will regularly update the data contained in the handbook to provide sustainable information. The handbook is available offline and on ICHCAP’s website.