According to the government decrees published in the Monday edition of the Official State Bulletin, local municipal chambers and the Cultural Investigation and Patrimony Institute (IIPC) should work together to create the conditions to allow the curatorships to function normally. According to the government, the curatorships constitute the most effective way of managing national heritage sites. Participation on the part of civil society is also hoped for.
Law nº 102/III/90 regulates the preservation, defense and valorization of Cape Verde cultural heritage and assets. As such, through resolution nº 33/2006, the Chão Bom concentration camp in Tarrafal de Santiago was classified a national heritage site.
Resolution nº 21/2012 made Pedra Lume a national natural, historical and cultural heritage site, while the historic district in downtown São Filipe, on the island of Fogo, was classified as a national historical and cultural heritage site through resolution nº 36/2012.
In order to ensure the coordinated and participatory management of all aspects related to culture in areas classified as national heritage sites, the government created law-decree nº 13/2013, altered by law decree nº 22/2014, which approves the Ministry of Culture’s organic regulations and calls for the creation of curatorships for historical and cultural heritage sites.