European Institute for Asian Studies
Cultural Heritage Management in Post-Earthquake Nepal
  • Start09:00 AM - Nov 03 2015
  • End11:30 AM - Nov 03 2015
  • EIAS, Rue de la Loi 67, B-1040 Brussels
  • eias@eias.org

Programme

09:00-09:30   Registration
09:30-09:35   Welcome by the Chair

Dr Alexander Spachis, Senior Associate, European Institute for Asian Studies (EIAS)

09:35-09:45   Introductory Remarks

H.E. Mr Ram Mani Pokharel, Ambassador of Nepal to Belgium, Luxembourg and the EU

09:45-10:45   Presentations

– Dr Maheswar Rupakheti, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam
– Dr Bal Gopal Shrestha, International Institute for Asian Studies, Leiden

10:45-11:30   Q&A

Cultural Heritage Management in Post-Earthquake Nepal

Nepal is known for its wealth of numerous temples and monuments, of gods and goddesses. Besides Lumbini, the birthplace of the Buddha, and the Everest, the highest peak of the world, Nepal hosts six additional historical places that the UNESCO has declared as World Heritage Sites. The Valley of Kathmandu alone boosts with seven various UNESCO recognized World Heritage sites. However, lack of financial means and resources, Nepal has already been facing problem in preservation and conservation of these historically and religiously important monuments. Furthermore, the deadly earthquakes that struck Nepal from 25 April 2015 onwards not only took away precious lives of nearly 9,000 people but also damaged and destroyed numerous religiously and historically important temples, shrines and monuments, affecting all the World Heritage sites in Nepal except Lumbini. In the aftermath of the massive destruction, the people of Nepal are now left but with the enormous task of restoration and reconstruction. Step by step, a process of rebuilding and restoration of all these historical monuments and heritage sites must take place. This will not happen without proper plans by involving efficient organizations and acquiring financial means.

On the one hand local inhabitants are anxiously talking about the restoration of these heritage sites while on the other hand the Government of Nepal is also showing its great concern. At the same time the international community (UNESCO and numerous other organizations) are showing an interest. It is however not yet known how these will be implemented and materialized. This seminar aims at discussing past experiences of heritage conservation in Nepal and the future course for Nepal, in the aftermath of the massive destructions of the April 2015 earthquake.


This seminar aims at discussing past experiences of heritage conservation in Nepal and the future course for Nepal, in the aftermath of the massive destructions of the April 2015 earthquake.

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