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UNESCO-Nomination of Timber Rafting (Information at the 33rd General Assembly, 25th of June 2021)

At the end of March 2021, the joint proposal of Austria, Czechia, Germany, Latvia, Poland and Spain was submitted to UNESCO in Paris to nominate timber rafting as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.


A multinational working group with representatives of timber rafting associations, the UNESCO commissions and ministries of culture from these six countries worked on the joint nomination for almost three years. The Polish Ministry of Culture coordinated the process. The main requirement was to provide evidence of how the intangible cultural heritage of timber rafting is being further developed

as a living craft and passed on to the next generations. It was also necessary to explain what is done in the associations for identity-forming, wide public relations work and what safeguarding activities are practised by these associations, but also by local authorities and state agencies, in order to protect this heritage.

The IATR Board has issued a letter of support (see picture or pdf document).


Our special thanks go to Ms Joanna Cicha-Kuczynska from Polish Ministry of Culture for her dedicated work as coordinator of the international working group. Further thanks go to the participating representatives of the timber rafting associations from these countries. Thanks to their active work, it was possible to submit the nomination on time.

In the next few months, the documents will be examined by the UNESCO commissions. We, as member associations of IATR, should use all our possible activities in the coming months to do them as our contribution to a successful nomination. Concrete proposals have been made for this in the plan of activities for 2021-2022.

In the middle of July 2021, the UNESCO Commission has informed that the multinational nomination file ‘Timber rafting’ submitted by Austria, Czechia, Germany, Latvia, Poland and Spain on 29 March 2021 will be considered for possible inscription in 2022 on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

You can find the documents, the pictures and the film under the file number 1866 on this website, also for download.

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