IHCN was envisioned to be a membership driven organization and has since its inception created a network of historically The Indian Heritage Cities Network was initially launched as a UNESCO programme in response to the fast changing urban context of Indian historic cities that threaten to destroy some of India’s diverse heritage in cities and advance the promotion of heritage based sustainable development in India. significant cities, universities and institutional members as well as a number of NGO partners. Heritage Cities Development Network Society (HCDNS), a sister organization of IHCNF was registered in the year 2015.
IHCNF is presently active in Karnataka and Rajasthan and has initiated dialogue with the State Government of Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and Kerala for heritage based activities in these states.
- To support Indian cities in safeguarding and use of heritage resources for sustainable urban development through policy directives, capacity building, exchange programmes and technical assistance for various heritage based planning and developmental activities.
- Work towards creating a network of historically significant Indian cities and to bring heritage into the mainstream of development planning to ensure that the physical natural and cultural heritage, traditions, crafts and creativity of Indian cities are recognized and become the driving forces for urban development.
- Influence the existing planning, policy, legal and regulatory frameworks in the country to be specific to the preservation and management of heritage and adapting the existing government schemes and programmes to the heritage context in which they are implemented.
- Create partnerships between people, technical experts
andadministration, and in the process build the capacity of Indian cities and towns to protect and conserve their cultural and natural heritage.
- Address the scarcity of knowledge in planning and management of heritage resources in the urban context.
- Bridge the gap between the
technologicalskill sets required and skilled manpower available for the heritage sector.
IHCNF got registered as a Trust on 27th March 2009 establishing it as an independent Indian organization. Its secretariat was initially set up in Mysore, Karnataka with the support of Government of Karnataka.
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