This chapter reflects on the contribution of intangible cultural heritage to generating income and sustaining livelihoods for communities, groups and individuals. Learners discover how local knowledge, skills and practices, maintained and enhanced through generations, provide subsistence livelihood for many people and how they are crucial to the well-being of the community and constitute a key defence against extreme poverty at the local level. Examples of relevant practices are provided, such as local agricultural practices and natural resource management systems. Similarly, the contribution of intangible cultural heritage to generating revenue and decent work is discussed, with examples from traditional craftsmanship.
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