Intangible Cutural Heritage Menu Heritage and Tours Sceneries and Men History of Men Geology and Climate Landscapes Hautes-Vosges The “Plateau des Mille Etangs” Fougerolles and Val d’Ajol Valleys Ballons of Franche-Comté Vosgian Valleys Haut-Rhin Valleys Wine-growing Foothills Natural Heritage Forests High Stubble Lakes, Ponds, Peatlands Ravines, Cliffs and Scree Slopes Calcareous Grasslands Orchards Local Products and Craftsmanship Marque Parc (Park Label) Wood Cladding Mineral and Natural Spring Waters Wooden Toys Honey and Fruit Juice Wooden Furniture for Children Products Fougerolles Orchards and Kirsch Fish Farming Vosgian Cattle Breed Cheeses Small Fruit, Aromatic and Medicinal Plants Alsatian Wine Smoked Meats and Andouilles Craftsmanship Textile Granite Lava Sandstone Wood industry Farm Shops Farmhouse-Inns Farm Markets Cultural Heritage Thermal Heritage Industrial Heritage Farms Country of Art and History Religious Heritage Intangible Cutural Heritage Heritage and Memory Castles Thematic Roads and Tracks Tourist Routes Barefoot Trails Treetop Adventure Park Museums and Heritage Sites Thermal Baths Environment Awareness Structures Parks and Botanical Gardens Venues for Shows, Exhibitions and Festivals At the Park Doors Colmar Belfort Lure Mulhouse Luxeuil-les-Bains Remiremont Saint-Dié-des-Vosges Nature activities Guided Walks and Discovery trails A Farm, A Hike Mountain Guides Pedestrian Hikes Club Vosgien / Club Alpin (Vosgian / Alpine Clubs) Reception Centres for Educational Stays Winter Activities Mountain Biking and Cyclo-Tourism Fishing Trail Aeromodelism Water Sports Equine Activities Climbing Skydiving Nature vacations Camping in Nature Panda Lodgings and Guesthouses Hôtels au Naturel (Hotels in Natural Settings) The Ballons des Vosges Regional Natural Park is a living territory. Very early on, Man found ways to exploit its water, wood, stone and subsoil, to develop industries and crafts. The Park’s historical background is also eventful due to the world conflicts. The Intangible Cultural Heritage is made of personal or familial treasures passed on from generation to generation: a particular know-how or skill. Since 2008 and based on the UNESCO Convention, the Ballons des Vosges Park has conducted – along with many partners – an experiment on this theme in two geographical areas. UNESCO launched the idea that it could be interesting for the communities themselves, and not experts anymore, to evaluate what is significant to them and deserves the attention of the Ballons des Vosges Park, or even a heritage listing on an international scale. Beyond monuments and objects preserved through the ages, practices, representations, expressions but also skills and crafts constitute a heritage that is still little known. Since the creation in 2003 of the Unesco Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, the Signatory States must undertake actions to promote and safeguard this living heritage. On 19 March 2008, 93 States, including France, ratified the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage. Indeed, the communities hold a central place for the recognition of this living heritage. Bearers of such intangible heritage and communities as a whole can best identify what constitutes the heritage, and elaborate awareness and safeguarding schemes.