The project “Strengthening Conservation and Management of Lumbini, the Birthplace of the Lord Buddha, World Heritage Property”, funded with the generous support of the government of Japan through the UNESCO/Japanese Funds-in-Trust, will last from May 2010 to July 2013. As the birthplace of the founder of one of the world’s great religions, Lumbini is of global religious, historical and cultural importance. In recent years, Lumbini has experienced considerable development pressures that make the proper management of the site an urgent issue. Effective preservation and development of Lumbini is imperative both to its sustainable utilization and the maintenance of its cultural values, notably the sacred atmosphere that should be experienced at the site.
This project contributes to the protection, enhancement and sustainable development of a World Heritage Property which is a major pole of international pilgrimage tourism in Nepal, and therefore a major source of national income. The project contributes to achieving Strategic Programme Objective 11 of UNESCO’s Medium-Term Strategy 2008-2013 – “Sustainably Protecting and Enhancing Cultural Heritage”, and to Strategic Programme Objective 14 – “Support through UNESCO’s Domains to Countries in Post-conflict and Post-disaster Situations”. Nepal is also a Least Developed Country (LDC), one of the Organization’s priorities as identified in its Medium-Term Strategy 2008-2013.
Lead organization/sector: World Heritage Centre and UNESCO Kathmandu
Donor country: Government of Japan
Total project cost: USD 791,786 (including 13% support costs)
Associated Organization(s): Department of Archaeology of Nepal; Lumbini Development Trust