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The project's long-term positive impact and the success of the pilot phase rely on the support of strong and experienced partners. Its key partner in Nepal is the Saraf Foundation for Himalayan Traditions and Culture.

The network of partners has been constitutive in the formation of the pilot project and underline the importance of collaboration and knowledge-sharing across fields of heritage documentation and conservation, digitization and academic practice.

Key Partner

The Saraf Foundation for Himalayan Tradition and Culture is the main local partner for the project. Its philanthropic structure and dedication to preserving and documenting Nepalese architecture, as well its connection to the renowned Taragaon Museum in Kathmandu, make it a particularly valuable partner for the NHDP. The Foundation supports the preservation, restoration and documentation of arts and heritage of the Kathmandu Valley, and is currently building up an archive centre of several corpora of documents that will be linked to the database of the project (Nepal Architecture Archive). The Saraf Foundation collection contains sketches, maps, plans, drawings and various other documents related to the built heritage of Nepal from the 18th century until the present day.

Network of Partners

Institutions appear in alphabetical order.

Department of Archaeology | Government of Nepal

The Department of Archaeology supports the NHDP by offering its advice and expertise on cultural heritage. The NHDP and the DoA share their historical and newly collected documents and proceed jointly in developing their respective databases.

i3mainz | University of Applied Sciences Mainz

The NHDP project is supported by the i3mainz (Institute for Spatial Information and Surveying Technology at Mainz University of Applied Sciences). Its collaboration is headed by system administrator and developer Dr. Ashish Karmacharya.

Kathmandu Valley Preservation Trust

Since its foundation in 1991, the work of the Kathmandu Valley Preservation Trust (KVPT) has been groundbreaking. In line with its "mission to safeguard the extraordinary and threatened architectural heritage of the Kathmandu Valley", its current efforts are focused on its Earthquake Response Campaign. This campaign seeks to evaluate and renovate architectural heritage damaged by the April 2015 Nepal earthquake in Patan and Kathmandu.

South Asia Institute (Heidelberg University) | Kathmandu Branch Office

The South Asia Institute branch office in Kathmandu was established in 1987 by a first Memorandum of Understanding between Nepal (Tribhuvan University) and Germany (Heidelberg University). Both the SAI Heidelberg and its satellite in Nepal have a successful history of establishing research facilities, academic networks, and institutional exchange which spans many decades.

UNESCO Nepal | UNESCO Kathmandu Office

Besides being involved in activities such as peace-building and fostering sustainable development and intercultural dialogue in Nepal through education, this institution is a key agent in highlighting the outstanding value of both intangible and built cultural heritage of Nepal, also in terms of developing recommendations on rebuilding activities of heritage structures damaged by 2015 earthquakes with Nepalese stakeholders.

University Library Heidelberg

In offering the use of its image database heidICON and its long-term archive, the Library will help to ensure that selected visual resources of the project will be made available online and safely stored, thus guaranteeing sustainability and accessibility beyond the run-time of the project pilot phase.


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