Extended also to the intangible heritage the support measures provided by Italian law 77/2006
- Friday, April 3, 2015
Last March the 8th, the Italian Parliament modified the law of 20 February 2006, no. 77, on "Special measures for the protection and fruition of Italian sites and elements of cultural, landscape and environmental interest, included in the" World Heritage List", under the protection of UNESCO" by extending its application in order to include also the intangible cultural heritage.
Law 77/2006 arose from the need to provide Italian UNESCO World Heritage Sites with a management plan and to financially support specific projects aiming at developing safeguard, fruition and enhancement initiatives at local level. Within the implementation framework of this law, an ad-hoc evaluation Commission was established ten years ago at the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities – with the participation as well of representatives of the relevant Ministries and the State-Regions Conference – to evaluate each year the allocation of the funds according to the available resources, the applications submitted by the UNESCO Italian sites’ managing Authorities, and by following a strict evaluation process rewarding the best projects.
With the latest amendments entered into force on 21 April 2017, the number of potential beneficiaries of support measures has been extended to the Authorities in charge for the safeguarding and promotion of practices and traditions which, just like the Mediterranean Diet, have been recognized in the framework of the 2003 UNESCO Convention on Intangible Heritage.