Bhitarakanika Mangrove-eco system likely to be tagged with World Heritage sites, Odisha

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Bhubaneswar, Nov 4: Placing its name due to the mangrove eco-system, the Bhitarakanika National Park has created a chance to be registered in the list of World Heritage sites. With this, nine other natural eco-sites of the country have been nominated to receive this tag.

As per the information, to evaluate the various facets of the sanctuary to get the tag, International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUSN) six member team will arrive at the sanctuary on Friday. Before recommending, the team will analyze the protection, bio-diversity, conservation, tourism potential and environmental equality and it will recommend the name if it thinks to be appropriate to be included in World Heritage sites. Regarding this, on Thursday, a high level discussion meeting was held which witnessed wildlife scientists, environment specialists and eco-spot experts and was chaired by Aditya Prasad Padhi, the Chief Secretary. In the meeting Suresh Chandra Mohapatra, the principle secretary of Forest and Environment and Sidhant Das, the chief Wildlife Warden were also present.

Till now seven sites have been tagged with the world heritage sites. Bhitarakanika National Park will become the eighth world heritage sites if it gets selected, informed Mohapatra to media persons.

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