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No compromise in originality of heritage sites, says CEO Gyewali

Kathmandu, February 11: Chief Executive Officer of the National Reconstruction Authority Sushil Gyewali has said that reconstruction is being carried out in a manner that makes the heritages stronger without compromising on their originality, historical significance and architecture.

Speaking at a session on “Culture and Creative Industries and their Effect on Reconstruction and Resilience” during the 10th edition of World Urban Forum organized in Abu Dhabi, UAE, CEO Gyewali shared that community participation in the reconstruction is given considerable importance in heritage reconstruction.

During his presentation at the Forum on February 10, CEO Gyewali said, “Original construction materials are being used and traditional architecture is adopted in the reconstruction of historical heritage sites.”

He informed that out of 170 heritages damaged in the World Heritage Sites, the reconstruction of 101 heritages has been completed and during that course, the preservation of intangible culture has been adequately taken into consideration.

CEO Gyewali informed that the community participation is taking place in heritage reconstruction and a provision has been made whereby reconstruction work equivalent to Rs. 100 million can be undertaken through the local community by forming a users’ committee.

He mentioned that not only for the heritages, but programs have been formulated to develop settlements as heritage areas and three settlements inside the Kathmandu Valley are being developed as model projects.

“Partnerships with academic institutions and documentation have been given due emphasis for transferring the knowledge and experiences gained in heritage reconstruction to the future generation,” he mentioned.

The discussion session was participated by Sameh Wahba, Global Director for the World Bank’s Urban, Disaster Risk Management, Resilience and Land Global Practice, Hoden Hailey, Senior Advisor to Mogadishu Municipality of Somalia, Sergio Roldan, Founder Member of Colombia’s Medellin Urban Group, Sabari Amullah, Deputy Mayor of Mosul Municipality of Iraq and Alexander Calda, Deputy Vice-Executive Director of the UN Environment.

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