The term "safeguarding measures" addresses all the actions taken by the community and the state in order to ensure the vitality of the intangible cultural heritage, such as its cataloging, documentation, research, preservation, protection, promotion, enhancement and transmission through formal and informal education.
Communities and local associations, both nationally and in the emblematic communities, are actively involved in the promotion of the safeguarding measures of the element. In this context, the cooperation with the institutional level, both nationally and locally, is profound and regular, in addition to the role of the community, the main active subject closely involved in the promotion and safeguarding of the Mediterranean Diet Intangible Cultural Heritage of UNESCO.
There are various initiatives implemented to continue to expand the scientific and academic research. For example, a workshop entitled "Learning principles of the Mediterranean diet for a better healthy life" was held at the emblematic community, with the participation of Geremia Stamler, emeritus professor at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (Vallo Lucania, Salerno , March 5, 2011). Furthermore, the Research Center MedEatResearch was founded in The University Studi Suor Orsola Benincasa in Naples, in April 2012, a Centre for Social Research on the Mediterranean Diet, involved in the project entitled CA.RI.NA. (Safety, sustainability and competitiveness of agro-food products in the Campania region) funded by POR Campania FSE 2007/2013, Asse IV and Asse V, with the objective to enhance, promote, and spread the food heritage of Southern Italy and encourage cultural exchanges of wine and food from different countries in the Mediterranean area.
The finalized initiatives aim to share the principles of the UNESCO Mediterranean Diet with a wider community through important cultural and social initiatives since its inscription to the present day. Including:
- International celebrations of the Mediterranean Diet UNESCO recognition, promoted by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, with the presence of the then Minister, Giancarlo Galan, as well as the delegations of the participating countries (Greece, Morocco, Spain, Italy). Including the inauguration of the "International Centre of Studies of the Mediterranean Diet Angelo Vassallo" (Pollica, February 24 to 26, 2011);
- The "Mediterranean diet Forum ", which gathers international experts and delegates from the countries of the Mediterranean yearly to reflect on the Unesco element within thematic conferences, the fifth edition being in 2015.
The regulatory initiatives are of particular importance:
- Locally, we can mention the approval of the Campania Region, law n. 6 of 30 March 2012 on "Measures for the safeguarding and enhancement of the Mediterranean Diet", and the Calabria region proposed a law (no. 290/9) on the "Measures for the rediscovery of the Mediterranean diet", which was passed in July 2012.
- Nationally, the first legal project aimed to enhance the Mediterranean diet UNESCO Heritage must be mentioned, presented in 2012 by Senator Alfonso Andria, in order to promote research, cultural and scientific exchanges, and nutritional education in schools, of which debate is also resumed in the current legislature.
Furthermore in recent years, the town of Pollica has worked on establishing an operational network in order to provide unitary coordination of the various international activities for the safeguarding and enhancement of the element. In this context, on April 24, 2015, the emblematic communities signed the founding act of an EGCC, Economic Group of Territorial Cooperation, for the operational management of projects for the development of the Mediterranean diet UNESCO Heritage.