India to seek removal of danger tag from Manas
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Last Updated: Sunday, June 19, 2011, 12:42
  
New Delhi: India will make all-out efforts to shrug off the danger tag from the famous Manas National Park at the World Heritage Committee meeting in Paris by highlighting the success story of the sanctuary, which was plagued by rampant poaching and activities of rebel groups.

The 35th session of the World Heritage Committee began at the UNESCO headquarters today and will continue till June 29. The Manas Park, situated in Assam and a part of which extends to Bhutan, is the only world heritage site in India that has been put in the "danger" list of UNESCO.

The Indian delegation will be led by Additional Director General (Wildlife) Jagdish Kishwan and include Suresh Chand, chief wildlife warden of Assam, and Vivek Menon, executive director of Wildlife Trust of India (WTI), sources said.

The team will be advocating with the 22 voting nations to remove Manas from the List of World Heritage in Danger.

The Committee decided to include this site in the danger list in 1992, when the park became a safe haven for militants. The damage to the sanctuary was estimated at more than USD two million.

According to it, the site's infrastructure suffered considerable damage during 1992-93.

"Political instability seems to have led to poaching of 33 rhinos during 1989-1992. A monitoring mission jointly undertaken by the government of India and the UNESCO World

Heritage Centre in January 1997 confirmed the extensive damage to the park's infrastructure and decrease in the population of some species, particularly the one-horn rhino," the committee said.

PTI


First Published: Sunday, June 19, 2011, 12:42


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