Survey and interviews; Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam
IRCI, Sakai City Japan
In 2015-2016 working with the International Research Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Asia-Pacific region (IRCI) we conducted interviews with government officials and NGOs across 5 countries regarding current and planned, legal and non-legal mechanisms for the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage (ICH).
This project informed prioritisation of research into methods of safeguarding ICH in the south-east Asian region. It allowed information sharing between those countries about effectiveness of mechanism and issues faced in implementing them. This information was not previously available in the public domain.
The project involved research in Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Thailand. The IRCI had previously developed an extensive questionnaire but the response to this had been variable. Field visits and interviews were conducted to gather the information needed. Importantly commonalities were identified and it became increasingly clear issues other than legislation, such as resourcing, were important factors in the success or failure of State parties in safeguarding ICH. Where legislation was implemented it was only successful when the resourcing needed to carry out commitments of the convention. A myriad of pre-existing non-legislative mechanisms were also revealed that worked towards the safeguarding of ICH.
In January 2016 AHMS and Futurepast Heritage merged to form Extent Heritage. EXTENT offers the most comprehensive range of built heritage, archaeology and Aboriginal heritage services available within the Australian and Asia Pacific region.