22.12.2011 - UNESCO Office in Kathmandu

Management plan to conserve the outstanding universal value of Lumbini

©UNESCO/Nipuna Shrestha - Maya Devi temple in Lumbini

The third workshop for the preparation of a management plan to conserve the outstanding universal value of Lumbini, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997, was held on 14 and 15 December 2011.

The Integrated Management Plan (IMP) document for Lumbini is being prepared by a group of experts including representatives of the Ministry of Federal Affairs, Constituent Assembly, Parliamentary Affairs and Culture, Department of Archaeology (DOA), the Lumbini Development Trust (LDT) and UNESCO Office in Kathmandu for adoption by the government of Nepal.

The final document is due to be completed by early next year, with one more workshop organized for January 2012.

The World Heritage Committee specifically requested Nepal to prepare an IMP for Lumbini in 2002 which ensures the protection of the World Heritage values of the site.

According to 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.

The preparation of the IMP for Lumbini is one of 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 Office in Kathmandu in close cooperation with the DOA and the LDT.

The project is funded by the Government of Japan, through the Japanese-Funds-in-Trust for the Preservation of the World’s Cultural Heritage.

Other components focus on the archaeological investigation; the conservation of the archaeological remains; the review of the present state of the Sacred Garden with respect to the Kenzo Tange Master Plan; and capacity building of the LDT and the DOA.

The December workshop was organised by the UNESCO Office in Kathmandu.

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