ABSTRACT

The preservation of cultural heritage is a thorny problem that has pre-occupied governments and world bodies at the highest level. Conservation practices are constantly being refined in order to meet the ever-increasing challenges threatening the destruction of the world’s cultural heritage. In 1972, UNESCO adopted the World Heritage Convention, which Cameroon as a country ratified in 1982. Other conventions have since been adopted, one of the most recent being the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. These efforts demonstrate clearly the concern of this world body in particular and the cultural heritage community in general about the preservation of the world’s cultural heritage.