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Congratulations!!!: Finally – World Heritage tag for Western Ghats

While NGO’s environmentalists, Govt. Agencies and the general population of many regions around the world celebrated receiving the coveted World Heritage tag for cultural and ecological sites in their countries, it was received with very mixed response in India. The Western Ghats was declared a World Heritage Site on July 1st, 2012 by the WHC making it the 29th such site in the country.  We take this opportunity to congratulate all those who worked tirelessly to make this happen.  All NIlgirians are proud to be part of this WHC and commit to the protection and preservation of the natural and cultural wealth of the region.  The real work begins now.

 The following is from the WHC site:

The Western Ghats
Older than the Himalaya mountains, the mountain chain of the Western Ghats represents geomorphic features of immense importance with unique biophysical and ecological processes. The site’s high montane forest ecosystems influence the Indian monsoon weather pattern. Moderating the tropical climate of the region, it presents one of the best examples of the monsoon system in the planet. The site also has an exceptionally high level of biological diversity and endemism. It is recognized as one of the world’s eight “hottest hotspots” of biological diversity. The forests of the site include some of the best representatives of non-equatorial tropical evergreen forests anywhere and are home to at least 325 globally threatened flora, fauna, bird, amphibian, reptile and fish species.

 

 

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