The document prepared from the ideological brainstorming of the conference will be called ‘The Bhopal Vision Statement’. This will give a new dimension to World Heritage conservation. The Statement emphasizes the role and active participation of local communities and civil society in World Heritage conservation. Along with this, important views and suggestions of representatives of South Asian countries have been included on important topics like impact of climate change on heritage, inclusion of traditional knowledge in modern practices etc. In this, sustainable development has been described as possible only through strong relations between people and heritage. The two-day sub-regional conference ended with a pledge to increase mutual coordination and cooperation for the conservation and development of cultural and natural heritage.
Principal Secretary Tourism and Culture and Managing Director MP Tourism Board Shri Sheo Shekhar Shukla expressed gratitude to the delegates who came to Bhopal to attend the conference and invited them to visit various tourist destinations of the state. Representatives from South Asian countries and various states thanked Madhya Pradesh Tourism and Culture for their hospitality and successful event. On this occasion, Additional Managing Director Shri Vivek Shrotriya, officials of Tourism and Culture Department, students of various educational institutions and representatives of civil society organizations were present.
The delegates got an insight of historical heritage of the city from the Heritage Walk
Cultural heritage helps us understand our past, our history and ancestors. It binds us together, also an integral part of our present and our future. A heritage walk was organized on Tuesday morning for the delegates attending the UNESCO Sub-Regional Conference to make them aware of the rich cultural heritage of Bhopal city. On the occasion of World Heritage Day, the delegates were informed about the city’s history, culture, heritage and natural beauty. The route of the walk started from Kamla Park, passing through Rajabhoj Setu, Gauhar Mahal, Indian Tea House and ended at Iqbal Maidan, Sadar Manzil. The delegates were informed about the city’s history, language, customs, architecture, art and diversity of cultures.
An exhibition was also facilitated at the venue with multiple stalls reflecting the heritage and culture of Madhya Pradesh which included stalls from MP Tourism Board, Directorate of Archaeology, Archives and Museums, MP, Archelogy Survey of India, Wall painting and Paper Mache, School of Planning and Architecture, Madhya Pradesh Tribal Museum and Mrignayanee (A series of local land loom sarees initiated by the Department of Culture, MP. (MP Govt Emporium)). The visitors enthusiastically tried their hand at handlooms and also learned to make pottery.
The MP Tourism Stall highlighted the key features of the Responsible Tourism Mission including Responsible Souvenirs, Art and Crafts, Rural Tourism, Homestay schemes, project Humsafar and Safe Tourism Destinations for women and made the delegates and visitors aware about the schemes MP
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