IUCN Nepal organised an interactive forum on February 21, 2008, on protected areas and World Heritage Sites in Nepal. Organised jointly by the Office of the Vice Chair, WCPA South Asia and IUCN Nepal, the session was chaired by Dr. Uday Raj Sharma, Vice Chair of the World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) South Asia. The half-day deliberation primarily stimulated thinking on how World Heritage Sites can support conservation and develop concrete ways for progressive policy interventions in Nepal.
Participants shared experiences and learned the latest state of knowledge on protected areas and world heritage sites, both natural and cultural, and explored how the World Heritage Convention can be used to benefit conservation and protected area management in Nepal.
Welcoming the participants, Mr. Narayan Belbase, Acting Country Representative of IUCN Nepal, said that IUCN, as a knowledge-based organisation, always strives to support an enabling environment conducive to knowledge sharing with its members and partners and across the conservation spectrum.
Mr. Peter Shadie, Coordinator, IUCN Asia Regional Protected Areas Programme, delivered the talk on the opportunities and limitations of using the World Heritage Convention to further conservation in Nepal. During the presentation, amongst others, Mr. Shadie also dwelt on the current strategic objectives of the World Heritage Convention on the 5Cs, namely, credibility, conservation, capacity building, communication and communities.
The discussion provided a timely opportunity for protected area practitioners and community representatives to share the latest state of knowledge and discuss emerging policy trends, among a wide range of participants from the conservation community in Nepal.