28.05.2013 - UNESCO Office in Kathmandu

A management plan to safeguard Lumbini’s heritage

©UNESCO/ N. Basnyat-Thapa -The Ashoka Pillar in Lumbin, the birthplace of Lord Buddha

An Integrated Management Plan is in the process of being established for Lumbini, the Birthplace of Buddha, and a World Heritage Property since 1997.

The Integrated Management Plan (IMP) provides the framework for the long-term safeguarding of the archaeological vestiges of the Lumbini World Heritage Property while allowing for the property to continue being visited by pilgrims and tourists from around the world.

According to the Operational Guidelines for the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention, it is mandatory for each World Heritage Property to have a clear defined management system to ensure its safeguarding.

A meeting to finalize the IMP for Lumbini is being organised in Lumbini on Thursday, 30 May 2013. Representatives from the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, the Department of Archaeology and the Lumbini Development Trust will participate in the meeting.  

The preparation of the IMP for Lumbini is one of the five key components of the project: "Strengthening the Conservation and Management of Lumbini, the Birthplace of the Lord Buddha” that is being implemented by the UNESCO Kathmandu Office in close cooperation with the Department of Archaeology and the Lumbini Development Trust. The project is funded by the Government of Japan, through the Japanese-Funds-in-Trust for the Preservation of the World Cultural Heritage.


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