Belize’s ICH Network include community practitioners, cultural activists and promoters, representatives of national cultural councils, researchers and academics, community-based heritage professionals, coordinators of the Houses of Culture and representatives of partner organizations.
The ICH Network are involved in a range of activities and participate continuously in safeguarding the living heritage of their communities. They also inform the Convention implementation process and contribute to the development of strategies for safeguarding at the community and national level.
Young people play an integral role in safeguarding and the ICH Network makes a concerted effort to ensure opportunities for youth engagement and participation. One means is through an “Inventorying Sub-Network”, which has allowed young people to inventory and document our living heritage.
The Sub–Network is comprised of individuals from diverse backgrounds who share a common interest in safeguarding. Each member is either active in the social and cultural landscape of their community; involved with a cultural organization or institution; is a student interested in cultural safeguarding; or has participated in past information sessions and capacity building activities. They have further been oriented to the inventorying and documentation process, as well as culturally appropriate research guidelines and ethics.