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Aims and Objectives

IHCN comprises a network of urban local bodies, governmental and non-governmental institutions and NGOs, and dedicated individuals. The Network and its members aim to foster the sustainable socioeconomic and ecological development of Indian historic cities and towns based on the strength of their traditions, cultural identity and social networks. They encourage local community participation and help to create partnerships between people, technical experts and administration, and in the process build the capacity of Indian cities and towns to protect and conserve their cultural and natural heritage. IHCN also facilitates national and international cooperation between governmental and non-governmental stakeholders and works towards adapting the existing planning, policy, legal and regulatory frameworks and existing government schemes and programmes to the heritage context in which they are implemented. IHCN aims to develop models for institutional frameworks for community information, consultation and participation in heritage conservation activities such as neighbourhood heritage committees or the creation of Heritage Houses as centres for cultural activities, awareness generation, information exchange, technical assistance and facilitation of heritage conservation and heritage-based development.

In particular, IHCN and its members conduct research, create pilot schemes, develop tools and methods, prepare manuals, guidelines, toolkits and other material which is published and disseminated to broaden the base of knowledge, expertise, experience and good practices of the members, governmental and non-governmental institutions, and any interested individual or group. The Network prepares educational material and conducts courses, trainings and other activities for the capacity building of elected representatives, bureaucrats, technical staff of governmental and non-governmental institutions, professionals, faculty, professional and craft people, and any other group or individual engaged with the historic urban and rural environment. It also conducts exposure visits and creates a platform to match offers and demands of technical expertise, and is developing in collaboration with partners a service for the appraisal, monitoring, advice on and evaluation of projects at national, state and local levels.



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