UNESCO removes danger tag imposed on Manas

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.

PTI



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

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