Daily News Analysis

Historic Urban Landscape Project

22nd July, 2021 Culture


  • In Madhya Pradesh, Gwalior and Orchha cities have been selected by UNESCO under ‘Historic Urban Landscape Project’, which was started in the year 2011, for the inclusive and well-planned development of fast-growing historical cities while preserving the culture and heritage.



  • UNESCO’s ‘Historic Urban Landscape’ project for Gwalior and Orchha cities of the state was launched through video conferencing.
  • Six cities of South Asia, including Ajmer and Varanasi in India are already involved in this project.
  • Orchha and Gwalior have been included as the 7th and 8th cities.
  • The cities will be jointly developed by UNESCO, Government of India and Madhya Pradesh by focusing on their historical and cultural improvement.



  • This project will help MP tourism get a new dimension. Additional employment opportunities will also be created along with the development of tourism.
  • By implementing the plan being made by UNESCO, full care of the culture, history, nature, traditions and heritage of the cities will be taken in the sustainable development of the cities.

The Historic Urban Landscape approach moves beyond the preservation of the physical environment and focuses on the entire human environment with all of its tangible and intangible qualities. It seeks to increase the sustainability of planning and design interventions by taking into account the existing built environment, intangible heritage, cultural diversity, socio-economic and environmental factors along with local community values.