The archaeological sites that are centered around Lumbini, Nepal, are unique because of their connections with the birth and life of the Lord Gautama Buddha. Up until the 1990s there had only been minor disturbances to some of the famous sites. However, with growing interest in Buddhism, the creation of a major pilgrimage centre at Lumbini and the uncontrolled development taking place in Nepal, the condition and the environment of these sites could change adversely in a very short space of time. Not only the Lumbini Development Trust, but the people of Nepal have a responsibility to protect and preserve these sites. Proposed plans to conserve them include: Emergency Protection, emergency conservation, an archaeological masterplan, and a project implementation phase.