World Heritage Committee Defers UNESCO World Heritage Tag for Western Ghats

The World Heritage Committee (WHC) has deferred its decision to accord a World Heritage Site tag to the proposed 39 serial sites in the Western Ghats. This is the second time the Western Ghats has not been accorded the tag. The Union Environment Ministry is expected to try once more after Prof. Madhav Gadgil, who is heading the Western Ghats Expert Ecology Panel, submits his report on the 39 sites. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), acting as a recomendatory body to the WHC, had been keen to include Prof. Gadgil’s report. But since the report was not available, the IUCN had made a negative recommendation.

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