Heritage Passport Programme
In support to Indian Government's efforts to link tourism with local
empowerment, UNESCO launched the concept of the Indian Heritage Passport
Programme, with the endorsement of the Union Ministry of Tourism and
The Indian Heritage Passport Programme is a means to market quality
tourism destinations; facilities and initiatives which encourage the
holistic protection and promotion of local cultural and natural
heritage, the education of travelers and concern the local environment
and local employment generation. Chettinad complete the above criteria
and is promoted under this program. For more information on this
program, you can upload the leaflet published by UNESCO.
In the framework of this programme, UNESCO and ArcHe-S have co-published
a concept paper in 2010 Indian Heritage Passport Programme On Chettinad
Trail in Tamil Nadu which can be upload. The document gives meticulous
listing of various aspects that constitute the overall cultural
landscape of the Chettinad region in a hope to guide the work of the
Government of Tamil Nadu in their future heritage-based tourism
Indian Heritage Cities
ArcHe-S is member of the Indian Heritage Cities Network Foundation, a
joint initiative of the Ministry of Urban Development and UNESCO New
Delhi to preserve and enhance historical city centers through a network
of experts from India and abroad. The NGO has participated in 2008 to
the biennale conference with a presentation on the concept of a
Chettinad Heritage House.
Watch List of the World monuments Fund
ArcHe-S, together with the District Collector of Sivagangai and the
Chettinad Heritage Committee, has proposed Chettinad for the 2008 Watch
List with the endorsement of UNESCO New Delhi. Chettinad was included
into the 2008 Watch List in June 2007.
Since 2008 the French Regional Council, Région Centre, and the French
Ministry of External Affairs, MAEE, came along to extend their financial
and technical expertise to the project in the framework of a
decentralized cooperation programme with the State of Tamil Nadu as well
as the District of Sivagangai.
In the framework of the Indo-French Festival “Bonjour India”, the NGO
ArcHe-s has participated to the "1st Assises de la Coopération" in New
Delhi as well as to the 1st Indo French Conference on Sustainable
Tourism in Goa.