Intangible cultural heritage becomes increasingly recognized and popular phenomenon ever since it was highlighted by the Convention for the safeguarding intangible cultural heritage in 2003, which equated its importance with traditionally more established tangible heritage. However, it depends more on its bearers than unmovable cultural heritage or museum objects. The bearers, communities, groups and individuals, pass it on from one generation to the next and recreate it as a response to their environment, nature and history. In doing so, they face many challenges such as know-how decay among younger generations, overcommercialization and embezzlement of resulting income. They are therefore looking for ways to preserve, protect and promote their heritage. Capacity-building ateliers in France, Italy and Slovenia are activities helping selected local communities in their endeavors to do it, providing required knowledge and connecting them with decision-makers.
In Slovenia, capacity-building activities target the local communities of the pilot action organized by RAGOR development agency from Jesenice. At the conference on intangible cultural heritage, taking place in Slovene mountaineering museum in Mojstrana from the 23rd to the 26th May, ethnologists from Slovenia and Croatia will present cases of intangible heritage preservation and promotion. The conference will also connect the local community with decision-makers (from the municipalities to the Ministry of Culture and Alpine Convention), local and national museums, and major associations dedicated to heritage safeguarding. Cassiano Luminati will join the conference participants by presenting the Alpfoodway project and its networking activities.
Capacity-building activities in Val Camonica in Italy and Parc naturel régional du Massif des Bauges in France target their heritage communities and support them according to their needs and aspirations. When the Alpfoodway project ends, it is expected that local communities will be equipped with knowledge, tools and support of decision-makers and strengthened to such an extent that preservation of intangible cultural heritage will no longer be questionable.