ICHCAP jointly published the ICH Elements Books of Central Asia with Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan to offer a comprehensive overview of their valuable cultural assets.
Since 2010, ICHCAP has hosted annual Central Asian sub-regional network meetings with Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Mongolia to support the ICH safeguarding activities of Central Asia. Through their collaboration, ICHCAP has supported projects involving the ICH information collection, ICH website production, and the construction of ICH video archives.
Aimed at promoting the values and significance of ICH in Central Asia, those projects have been recognized as successful cross-border activities for ICH safeguarding.
To publish the ICH Elements Books of Central Asia, ICHCAP collaborated with the National Commission of the Republic of Uzbekistan for UNESCO, the National Commission of the Republic of Kazakhstan for UNESCO and ISESCO, the National Commission of the Kyrgyz Republic for UNESCO, and Odam Va Olam (a Tajik NGO on ICH) since 2015. The organizations have published the books based on their national ICH lists through field surveys and literature studies conducted with relevant ICH experts.
The ICH Elements Books of Central Asia contains not only famous ICH of each country but also little-known endangered ICH, helping to raise awareness of national ICH. People in Central Asia are now paying greater attention to their own national ICH in the post-Soviet era. It is recognized that the publication of the books holds importance not just in ICH safeguarding ICH but in facilitating cultural pride among the people.
The ICH Elements Books of Central Asia are published in the respective national languages and English for foreign readers with an interest in Central Asian ICH. In Kazakhstan, the books are available in Kazakh, English, and Russian, as Russian is widely spoken in the country.
The ICH Elements Books of Central Asia will help promote and safeguard the spiritual values, wisdom, and expressions of the people in Central Asia.