Intangible heritage: cultural diversity and tourism, social and environmentally sustainable development


The lack of management tools and methodologies that systematically cover the whole set of intangible assets has limited their knowledge, protection and appreciation. This led to an exposure of these highly vulnerable resources to the effects of socio-cultural changes, restricting its eligibility for World Heritage designation, leaving them out of tourist circuits by constraining their possibilities as an engine of development.

Key words

Intangible heritage, democratisation, culture, cultural heritage, management, inventory, cataloguing, tourism, identity, crafts, artisan-artistic workshops.