17 idea presentations Heritage for Sustainability by Thai Youth

As an UNESCO Bangkok initiative, you can see on Youtube 17 innovative ways to safeguard living heritage for sustainable development.

1) Idea to safeguard banana stalks crafting skills in Nakorn Thai, Phitsanulok Province, Thailand

2) Idea for community museum of Tai Yai clothing cultures, Ban Mon Pin, Chiang Mai Province, Thailand


3) Idea to reinitiate Sankhampaeng textile, On-tai community, Chiang Mai Province, Thailand

4) Idea to document and publicize Pgakenyaew Karen textile patterns

5) Idea to revitalize Banana stalks crafting skills at Wat Champa, Talingchan, Bangkok, Thailand

6) Idea to revive lacquerware craftsmanship of Ban Dong Pa Ngew, Chiang Mai Province, Thailand

7) Idea to continue senior Lakhon Chatri performing art of Wisetchaicharn, Ang-thong Province, Thailand

8) Idea to digitize and publicize Lakhon Chatri of Nang Loeng Community, Bangkok, Thailand

9) Idea to explore and popularize food culture of Nang Loeng Community, Bangkok, Thailand

10) Idea to support role of women through Mataba making in Puyud Community, Pattani Province, Thailand

11) Idea to safeguard knowledge of Kanom Paad making in Khlong Lan, Kamphaengphet Province, Thailand

12) Idea to promote the cookery of kaeng toh-mae in Buriwanich Street, Satun Province, Thailand

13) Idea to continue the usage of Pgakenyaw homewares in Ban Huay Pong Community, Chiang Mai, Thailand

14) Idea to visualize Pgakenyaw Karen folklore with digital technology, Chiang Mai Province, Thailand

15) Idea to safeguard Sabadchai Drumming in Baan Nong Pla Man, Chiang Mai Province, Thailand

16) Idea to safeguard Salak Yom tradition in Wat Sri Bang Wan Community, Lamphun Province, Thailand

17) Idea to learn skills and patterns of Mueng Petch craftspeople for conservation, Petchburi, Thailand


The solutions included a website in Lao language offering simple, user-friendly information about the various traditions practiced in Lao PDR province.

The prototypes demonstration was followed by an engaging interactive chat moderated by UNESCO Bangkok staff with the five teams about their design solutions, the user feedback and the opportunities for the solutions to be scaled up.

The solutions have great potential to reach out to the youth in the villages to engage them with the living cultural heritage, while providing new listeners and audiences with tools to access and listen to traditional music, and knowledge to help preserve weaving and other traditional practices.

At the end of the interactive discussion UNESCO Bangkok applauded the innovative solutions and thanked the participants for their hard work in creating this monumental project. UNESCO Bangkok then announced plans to engage with the teams further to create and develop the tools, with the aim of the solutions being implemented in the villages of Luang Prabang.

With support from the International Training Centre (CRIHAP), it was possible to start the HUB “Community Heritage for Sustainability” in partnership with UNESCO Bangkok.

The forum is conducted by experts integrated traditional knowledge, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and Communitybased participatory action research. The activities were enriched with extracurricular activities. UNESCO Bangkok has been working on intangible cultural heritage since its inception. With a view to make the youth understand the importance and urgency of cultural heritage conservation, and instill in them the values of promoting and protecting the histories and knowledge of local communities, UNESCO Bangkok has invested its resources to organize theCommunity Heritage for Sustainability Youth Forum.

Through intense discussions, participants of the Youth Forum explored diverse topics and participants were able to acquire more indepth knowledge on intangible cultural heritage and the Sustainable Development Goals. In addition to the traditional lecturebased sessions and workshops, cultural activities were also held to provide the youth with opportunities to be creative, express their views, showcase their talents and contribute towards the conservation of traditional knowledge and heritage. More than just preserving local culture and development, it is also important to be open to new technologies, such as perpetual futures contracts, which can be used to provide security and financial hedging.The objective of theCommunity Heritage for Sustainability Forum was to create meaningful interactions and dialogue among the youth, experts, and civil society organizations, and to foster understanding and appreciation of cultural heritage and its significance to the development of local communities. As a result, the forum offered a unique platform for participants to exchange knowledge, experiences and ideas in appreciation of diverse cultures and build a common language among people from different countries, races and genders. The forum was a great success as you can see on Youtube.