Community Participation

The subcomponent includes community awareness-raising programs on the importance of Lumbini as a world heritage site and potential benefits from tourism to the local economy, particularly new markets and livelihood opportunities that the local people can access. The subcomponent also supports a demonstration scheme for heritage tourism livelihood generation including (i) social mobilization, (ii) skills development in heritage site management and tourism-related activities based on a value chain analysis, and (iii) linking communities to available microfinance services. Local and non-government organizations (NGOs) and microfinance service providers experienced in similar schemes are expected to be involved as needed. The scheme builds on Nepal’s good practice “Tourism for Rural Poverty Alleviation project” and emphasizes market linkages.