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India's Western Ghats get UNESCO's recognition

New Delhi, Tue, 03 Jul 2012 NI Wire

India's 1600-km long eco-sensitive Western Ghats mountain chain along with west coast of India have been added into the coveted list of prestigious United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO's) world heritage sites, adding another feathers into India's rich heritage and culture at a meeting held on Russia on June 01, official site informed on Monday.

The Western Ghats, which has older mountains than of Himalayas and is liable for monsoon and other eco changes in India has been got UNESCO's recognition as one of the world's eight "hottest hotspots" of biological diversity.

According to official website, not the whole Western Ghats but 39 spots have been get recognition from UNESCO as World Heritage Sites in which Kerala has got maximum number of spots (19) followed by 10 in Karnataka, six in Tamil Nadu, and four in Maharashtra.

The ghats, which start at the border of Gujarat and Maharashtra and runs through the states of Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala ending at Kanyakumari has been packed with different types of flora and fauna.

The decision of including new sites into UNESCO's World Heritage sites has been taken at 36th session in St. Petersburg, Russia.

India has already six sites on the natural heritage list, including national parks in Kaziranga in Assam, Keoladeo in Rajasthan, Nanda Devi in Uttarakhand, the Sunderbans in West Bengal and the Manas wildlife sanctuary in Assam.

--With IANS Inputs--

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