Nepal participated in Expo Milano 2015 with the theme “Food security and sustainability for development”. The Pavilion resembled the shape of a mandala, a circular diagram composed using a combination of geometric figures, which recalls the circle of life.
The atmosphere that captivated visitors was that of the ancient settlements in the valleys of Kathmandu, with colonnades and temples characterised by 42 hand-carved columns.
Nepal decided to participate in Expo Milano 2015 to raise awareness of the need to adopt development programmes that are capable of guaranteeing the quantity of food needed by every single person. Indeed, the production of food in the Country cannot keep up with the growth of its population. One of the causes is the lack of a proper irrigation system in the fields, and another is the limited production of energy.
The Nepalese economy is mainly agricultural and industrial, while the main industries are tourism and mining.
Nepal boasts a high level of biodiversity. Thanks to the favourable climatic conditions and the availability of running water from the glaciers of the Himalaya mountains, more than seven hundred species found here could be used in the fields of food and medicine. The general focus is on mountain agriculture, developed through the centuries in this mountain Country, with its own natural methods, terracing and the richness of its organic products.
The specificities and the causes of this success were explained on site in the exhibition layout of the Pavilion, with visitors being able to witness the preparation of the typical dishes of the Nepalese cuisine and also taste them.
Not to be missed: the attractions of the Pavilion
The Nepal Pavilion was designed by Implementing Expert Group (Ieg), the same group of architects chosen by the Nepalese government for the universal expositions of 1988, 1990, 2000 and 2010. Its structure recalls the shape of a mandala.
The building company leg trained teams of carpenters, builders, artisans and artists to replicate the construction elements of the most beautiful traditional homes in Nepal.