A discussion program on “Conservation of Heritage Settlements and Sustainable Tourism” commenced
A discussion program on “Conservation of Heritage Settlements and Sustainable Tourism” was conducted in Kathmandu on 22nd December 2021.
The Mayors of Lalitpur Metropolitan City, Madhyapur Municipality, Chandragiri Municipality, Godawari Municipality, Mahalaxmi Municipality and ward chair of Kirtipur Municipality were in the program as the panelists. Speaking on the program, the Mayors of Kathmandu Valley have emphasized for the unified effort and visionary programs to be made with high priority at all local levels in the protection, enhancement and development of Nepal's cultural heritage.
Speaking on the occasion, Pragya Pradhan, Habitat Program Manager of UN-Habitat said that the project has carried out commendable work for the conservation and protection of the tangible and intangible heritage of Bungamati and respecting local values. She stated that if heritage and cultural tourism were given priority at all local levels, it could preserve culture and contribute to the economy of locals through tourism at the same moment.
Senior Urban Planner Padma Sundar Joshi said that all local levels need to reflect on the latest learning and international practices in heritage conservation in line with the concept of sustainable development. He said that the local level should make a special contribution in promoting such practices through various forums.
Ms. Lajana Manandhar, Executive Director of Lumanti delivering vote of thanks and closing remarks said stressed the need of the collective efforts and commitment from all local governments towards heritage conservation in a sustainable way.
During the program, a story collection of folk lores of 10 heritage settlements, photo booklet and Bungamati apps were launched. The program was organized by Lumanti support group for shelter in collaboration with UN habitat with financial assistance from European Union’s Switch Asia project.