UNESCO to carry out inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Mali - Mali's Ministry of Culture and the Resident Representative of UNESCO, Eloundou Lazareont, Tuesday in Bamako, the nation's capital, launched a project aimed at taking an inventory of intangible cultural heritage in the country, PANA learnt from official sources.
The 153 million CFA francs (US$323,700) project will run for two years, ending in March 2016.
The project, in its initial phase, will cover the northern regions of Mali, especially Timbuktu, Gao and Kidal, which was worst hit by the recent political and security crisis in the country, while the second phase will focus on the regions of Kayes, Koulikoro, Segou and Sikasso.
The project will start off by training the trainers, who will in turn provide training to the focal points of local branches.
According to the UNESCO official, 14 mausoleums were destroyed in Timbuktu, mosques desecrated and nearly 4,200 manuscripts burned during the crisis.
The project is part of the programme, developed by the Malian government and UNESCO,
to restore the cultural heritage and ancient manuscripts.