UNESCO removes danger tag imposed on Manas
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Last Updated: Wednesday, June 22, 2011, 17:38
New Delhi: Acknowledging great revival story, UNESCO has removed the 'danger tag' imposed on the famous Manas National Park of Assam 19 years ago following significant improvement in wildlife conservation.

The decision to remove the 'danger tag' was announced during the ongoing 35th session of UNESCO's World Heritage Committee in Paris.

"Significant improvements in the preservation of Manas Wildlife Sanctuary have allowed for its withdrawal from the World Heritage List in Danger," the Committee said.

Situated on the foothills of the Himalayas, the Manas sanctuary, home to a great variety of wildlife, including many endangered species, such as tiger, pygmy hog, one-horn rhinoceros and elephant, was inscribed in the List of Danger in 1992, seven years after it had entered UNESCO's World Heritage List.

The Committee noted that the outstanding universal value for which Manas was inscribed in the World Heritage list was "recovering from damages sustained during ethnic unrest" in the site.

It had decided to include this site in the danger when the park became a safe haven for militants and there was rampant poaching inside it, with damages estimated over USD two million.

"India scores a winning goal for Manas," said Jagdish Kishwan, Additional Director General (Wildlife), who led the Indian delegation at the session.

"Inscription of a site in the List of World Heritage in Danger has two sides to it.

One, it draws global attention to the problems faced by the site, which is beneficial; the second, it indicates a pending threat that the site could be deleted as a World Heritage completely if appropriate measures are not taken to restore it," said Vivek Menon, executive director of Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) and another member of the delegation.


First Published: Wednesday, June 22, 2011, 17:38

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