New Conservation Initiatives Recommended for Lumbini, the Birthplace of the Lord Buddha

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Lumbini © UNESCO-Roland Lin
08 March 2017

Members of the Lumbini International Scientific Committee (ISC) gathered at Lumbini, Birthplace of the Lord Buddha (Nepal), a World Heritage site, from 17 to 19 February 2017, to review project activities and coordinate initiatives carried out by the Government of Nepal, development partners, and donors.

International and national experts in archaeology, conservation, urban planning, the environment and heritage management exchanged with representatives of the local Buddhist community on safeguarding of the site, the development of the Greater Lumbini Area, and protection of its archaeological sites and natural surroundings.

The meeting was held in the framework of a UNESCO project funded by the Japanese Government, which aims to strengthen conservation and management of Lumbini. Communication materials about the site have been produced for site management efforts and to provide visitors with a greater understanding of this ancient cultural area, and guidelines and monitoring tools for the conservation of archaeological remains are being developed,

Recommendations adopted by the ISC include a Heritage Impact Assessment to be conducted before every new development project, archaeological and geological investigations to enhance site’s protection, and monitoring of sources of air, noise and ground water pollution. ISC members stressed the importance of enforcing related Government regulations. 

Consult the Recommendations  here

Additional Information

Agreement for Phase II of 'Strengthening Conservation and Management of Lumbini'

http://whc.unesco.org/en/news/1166/