11 March 2014
Kirtipur is an old town in Nepal which has kept its traditional lifestyle and culture. Like other towns and cities in the Kathmandu Valley, Kirtipur built excellent systems for water and urban space management. Public water bodies like ponds, stone spouts and wells are surrounded by public spaces used for relaxation, recreation and rituals.
However, recently, may of these spaces are have fallen into disrepair or been taken over due to pressures from rapid urbanization. According to the official 2011 census, the city is growing at a rate of 4.8 % per year. There is a strong need to revitalize public spaces and water bodies, to make Kirtipur a vibrant city again.
UN‐Habitat and its local implementing partner, the Centre for Integrated Urban Development (CIUD), are working to conserve and enhance Dey
Pukhu (“State Pond”) and surrounding areas through community participation and community public space management and Minecraft has been used as a tool for participatory project planning.
Women’s community meeting
Minecraft workshop with young people
Work clearing up the pond has started