India to seek removal of danger tag from Manas
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
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
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