UMC was awarded the INTACH-SATTE (The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage–South Asia Travel Tourism Exchange) Award-2011 under the category of ‘Exemplary work done or the Preservation and Promotion of Historic Towns’ for its work on heritage conservation in Rander, Surat in Gujarat. UMC received recognition for its work on documentation and listing for improved heritage management and inner city revitalization in Rander and Surat. Published under the title ‘At the Core: Understanding the built heritage of Surat and Rander’, the project gives a detailed account of Surat’s living heritage—the buildings, streets and monuments that have survived the urban growth boom.
(The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) is India’s largest non-profit organization which works for preservation and conservation of the country’s heritage)
UMC’s project ‘The City Links Post Tsunami Recovery Initiative’ was adjudged best practice by Dubai International Award for Best Practices in 2008. Undertaken by ICMA/UMC and supported by USAID and government of Tamil Nadu, India, the initiative established partnership between the tsunami hit Indian municipalities of Cuddalore and Nagapattinam with cities of Florida, USA. The partnership provided technical assistance, capacity building and focused exchanges, complemented by small and targeted project assistance funding to support the recovery of these communities.
(The Dubai International Award for Best Practices was established in 1995 after the late Sheikh Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum to honor and recognize best practices which have maximum impact on living conditions and environment)