Community empowerment for sustainable development and examining its impact on built heritage - case : Mathura- Vrindavan& the Braj region of India.

Dasgupta, Shalini (2018) Community empowerment for sustainable development and examining its impact on built heritage - case : Mathura- Vrindavan& the Braj region of India. In: ICOMOS 19th General Assembly and Scientific Symposium "Heritage and Democracy", 13-14th December 2017, New Delhi, India. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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Abstract (in English)

All over the world empowering the community is the buzz word. It's the new way forward being propagated by most agencies world over. This paper would like to address the role of community and the role of a conservation expert vis-a-vis the built heritage. It would also like to emphasise the role that cultural heritage plays within urban development. Based on the experience of Braj studies, this paper wants to explore this contrast between the community empowerment approach vis-a-vis technical expertise approach. It wants to put forth through the case study of Braj the pros and cons of both the approaches. This paper explores the different approaches of heritage conservation between experts and local people. It wants to emphasise that various stakeholders, local authorities, experts, local citizens have to participate, communicate and then reach a consensus on their heritage. Only then does heritage become inseparable from its people. The question to be debated is "what is good for heritage and what is good for the community?"

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Dasgupta, ShaliniUNSPECIFIED
Languages: English
Keywords: Community Empowerment; Sustainability; Urban Development; cultural heritage; built heritage; technical expertise; stakeholders; experts; local community; community participation; cultural significance; communication; comparative analysis; India
Subjects: D.URBANISM > 02. Urban planning
E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 09. Social and economic aspects of conservation
O.INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 02. Oral traditions and expressions (including language)
O.INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 04. Social practices, rituals and festive events
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Braj
National Committee: ICOMOS
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 19th General Assembly, New Delhi, 2017
Depositing User: intern icomos
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2018 15:03
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2019 10:51
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