Capacity Building Workshop Day 2- Preserving the Identity of Gurdwaras in Punjab

Lahore (Muhammad YasirThe second day of the National Capacity Building Workshop for the PTEGP-UNESCO-WB a funded project, implemented by The Institute for Art and Culture (IAC) under the main project “Development of an Integrated Site Management Plan and Capacity Building for Sustainable Tourism Management of Selected Sikh Sites in Punjab” was held today at IAC.

After the arrival of the participants, the first module, focused on the introduction to cultural tourism and its impact on the economy. The session was led by Mr. Aftab Rana- President, Sustainable Tourism Foundation, Pakistan (STFP). Followed by a discussion, Dr. Paola Borrione (Project Sustainability and Community Expert, Santagata, Italy) and Saba Samee (Architectural Conservation Expert, IAC) gave a joint webinar on International Best Practices for Cultural Tourism.

Dr. Kalyan Singh (Project Historian, GCU) and Iqbal Qaiser (Project Historian, IAC) jointly talked about engaging tourists, local community and religious visitors in order to preserve the cultural heritage of the Gurdwaras in Punjab.

Lead by Saba Samee, “Bridging the spotlight on the historicity of the two cities” was a session that aimed at understanding the cultural and architectural perspectives of the Gurdwara-Rohri Sahab and Gurdwara Sucha Sauda as heritage sites that have an impeccable role in our identity formation.

National team facilitators, jointly held a participatory session that aimed at enhancing techniques and tools for the improvement of tourism at Gurdwaras of Punjab and preserving National Identity.