The Bhitarkanika National Park in Kendrapada district will have to wait for at least another year to get the ‘world heritage’ tag from the Unesco as the site selection committee will take its final decision at its 41st session at Krakow in Poland in July next year.
A two-member team from of IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), including Naomi Doak and Remco van Merm, visited the national park recently to assess the India’s second largest mangrove forest for its nomination for listing as a World Heritage Site.
“In 2008 Bhitarkanika appeared on the tentative list of Unesco’s World Heritage Sites. But we will have to wait for another year for all formalities to be completed. We had also submitted a dossier on Bhitarkanika for its nomination as World Heritage site two years ago,” said the park’s divisional forest officer BImal Prasan Acharya.
Dharitri ePaper 08/11/2016 : http://www.dharitri.com/Angul/