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UNESCO welcomes govt's decision to preserve Lumbini area

Mayadevi Temple, Lumbini

Kathmandu: The UNESCO Office in Kathmandu has welcomed the recent decision of the Industrial Promotion Board of the Ministry of Industry to limit industrial activities in and around the Lumbini World Heritage Site, as an important step towards protecting and preserving the birthplace of Lord Buddha.

The decision taken by the Board will help to restrict industrial activities in the area on several levels. Except for those which are not carbon emitting, industries are not allowed within 15 km periphery from the Lumbini master plan area as per the decision.

As per the new rules, industries already existing within this area can operate only if they follow the Environment Protection Act.

Unrestrained industrial development has presented one of the greatest threats to?the archaeological sites scattered across the area between Tilaurakot and Ramagram in recent years, UNESCO said in a statement.

The announcement reaffirms Nepal Government’s determination to support the on-going preparation of Integrated Management Plan (IMP) for the Lumbini World Heritage Property.

The UNESCO Office in Kathmandu remains committed to working in close cooperation with the Government and Lumbini authorities to further assist Nepal in the preservation of the unique site, the statement said.


Category: Lumbini, Nepal
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