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Khangchendzonga biosphere reserve added to UNESCO list

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve, one of the highest ecosystems in the world, has been added to UNESCO's list of World Network of Biosphere Reserve (WNBR).

The Khangchendzonga reserve will be the 11th internationally designated

The reserve includes a range of ecoclines varying from subtropical to arctic, as well as vast natural forests in different that support an immensely rich diversity of forest types and habitats resulting in high species diversity and endemism.

"International coordinating Council (ICC) of Man and Biosphere (MAB) Programme, UNESCO, in its 30th session (23-27 July, 2018) at Palembang, Indonesia, designated for inclusion in the World Network of Biosphere Reserve," a document uploaded on the Ministry's website said.

Khangchendzonga joins the list of other biospheres such as Nandadevi, Simlipal Biosphere reserve, Nilgiri and others.

The document said has 18 biosphere reserves and now, with the inclusion of Khangchendzonga, the number of internationally designated has become 11 with seven BRs as domestic designated biosphere reserves.

A K Mehta, Additional Secretary, Ministry, said that out of 18 biosphere reserves, 11 have been internationally designated "Seven are left and we will try for their inclusion as well," he told

The ministry document said that the core area is a major transboundary Wildlife Protected Area.

The southern and central landscape which makes up 86 per cent of the core area is situated in the Greater Himalayas, while the northern part of the area which accounts for 14 per cent is characterized by trans-features.

Buffer zones are being developed to promote e-Plantation and soil conservation works are also being carried out.

Over 118 species of medicinal plants found in the are of ethno-medicinal utility.

The core zone - Khangchendzonga National Park - was designated a World Heritage in 2016 under the 'mixed" category, the document said.

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First Published: Wed, August 08 2018. 20:30 IST