The Government of Nepal and UNESCO on Monday signed an accord to implement the second phase project on conservation and management of Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha.
The project will focus on conservation of the historical monuments of Lumbini, archaeological investigation of unknown historical monuments within the Sacred Garden of Lumbini and regular review of the management processes of World Heritage property, reads the statement issued jointly by Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation and UNESCO Office in Kathmandu.
“I am confident that the project will contribute to preserve outstanding universal value of Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha and the two other sites: Tilaurakot and Ramagrama”, says Bharat Mani Subedi, Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation.
The three-year-project funded by Japan will be implemented by the UNESCO Office in Kathmandu in close cooperation with the Department of Archaeology and the Lumbini Development Trust to support Nepal in its efforts to preserve Lumbini.
“We applaud Nepal’s efforts to preserve Lumbini as one of the world’s centers of Buddhist pilgrimage and are proud to make contributions to protect this unique spiritual place for future generations,” said Masashi Ogawa, Japanese envoy to Nepal.