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Himalayan park bids for world heritage tag

K.S. Sudhi
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Within the Great Himalayan National Park in Himachal Pradesh.— Photo: Ashish Kothari
Within the Great Himalayan National Park in Himachal Pradesh.— Photo: Ashish Kothari

The Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP) in Himachal Pradesh has been recommended for the World Heritage list.

A decision on the inscription is expected to be made at the Doha meeting of the Unesco World Heritage Committee (WHC), said V.B. Mathur, director, Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun.

The Doha session will begin on June 15, he said.

After the Western Ghats, this was the first nomination from the national heritage category to be considered for the coveted list, he said.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which carried out the technical evaluation of GHNP, has recommended the inscription. The GHNP houses rich biodiversity. It is home to 805 vascular plant species, 192 species of lichen, 12 species of liverworts, and 25 species of mosses.

Researchers have documented the presence of 31 species of mammals, 209 birds, 9 amphibians, 12 reptiles, and 125 insects in the park.

Unesco would establish a centre for Natural World Heritage Management and Training for the Asia-Pacific region at the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun. This would be the first such centre in the area of natural world heritage, Dr. Mathur said.

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