UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee inscribed the Western Ghats of India as a world heritage site on July 1. The tag came at the 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (WHC) in St Petersburg in Russia. Altogether 39 sites that dot the Western Ghats landscape will be part of the region that has been designated as World Heritage Site. Kerala leads with 20 sites being inscribed in the heritage list followed by Karnataka with ten, Tamil Nadu five and Maharashtra four.
List of Western Ghats World Heritage clusters in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala and TN
The ‘Western Ghats’, India’s hottest biodiversity hotspot was inscribed to the World heritage List during the 36th Session of the World Heritage Committee meeting held at St. Petersburg, Russia, in June 2012. A total of twenty-six new sites have been inscribed to the World Heritage List this yea
There is good news for all environment or nature lovers, India’s 1600-km long Western Ghats mountain chain, which has forests older than the Himalaya mountains, has been added to the list of world heritage sites by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO). The Western ghats runs through the states of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The forests are home to at least 325 globally threatened flora, fauna, bird, amphibian, reptile, and fish species.
A cluster of 39 sites spread over 7,953.15 sq km in the Western Ghats is now in the World Heritage list. Kerala leads with 20 sites being inscribed in the heritage list followed by Karnataka with ten, Tamil Nadu five and Maharashtra four. In Maharashtra, the Kas plateau, the Koyna wildlife sanctuary, the Chandoli national park and the Radhanagari Wildlife sanctuary in the Sahyadri range have been given the world heritage site tag. All these sites are tiger reserves, national parks, wildlife sanctuaries or reserved forests i.e. Protected Areas.