Call for Entries: A Nature Writers’ Competition — WII, Dehradun, December 15, 2016

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The UNESCO Category 2 Centre for World Natural Heritage Management and Training, at the Wildlife Institute of India,Dehradun, is organising a two-venue festival in February 2017: Celebrating Natural Heritage: In Literature, Arts & Culture. The event will take place at the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun, and the Great Himalayan National Park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Himachal Pradesh.

The Natural Heritage Festival, the first of its kind in India, aims to celebrate India’s spectacular natural heritage … Read More

Manas Revival Possible Because of Role Reversal of Rebels

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The diverse and rich Manas Tiger Reserve has staged a revival of sorts after the Bodo insurgencies in the last 80s saw its wildlife and forest wealth being plundered. In 1992, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee demoted it to a “World Heritage Site in Danger” and faced prospects of being completely removed from the list. However, a turnaround occurred in 2003 when the Bodo Liberation Tigers gave up their weapons and the locals turned to being protectors. Around 40 former … Read More

Translocation of Swamp Deer Planned in Manas National Park

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In accordance with suggestions given by UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee (WHC), the forest department is planning to increase the population of swamp deer in Manas National Park. Translocation of swamp deer from Kaziranga into Manas is planned as a three year project. Kaziranga has around 1200 swamp deer, whereas Manas has only 20. Eleven rhinos have been translocated from Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary into Manas since 2008 and the translocation has been deemed successful.

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UNESCO Lauds Manas’ Revival, Removes Danger Tag

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The UNESCO removed the “danger” tag from Assam’s famed Manas National Park, a World Heritage site, acknowledging its revival. The Manas sanctuary, a national park, a tiger reserve, an elephant and a biosphere reserve, was listed as a World Heritage site in 1985. In 1992, it was declared a World Heritage site in Danger due to severe damages to the ecosystem during the civil unrest of the 1980s and early 1990s.

The name of the park comes from the Manas … Read More