By– Correspondent | Date– June 22, 2011 | Place– Guwahati
The UNESCO Tuesday removed the In danger tag from Assam’s famous and most beautiful Manas National Park, a World Heritage site. The decision to remove the in danger tag was announced during the ongoing 35th Session of the World Heritage Committee (WHC) in Paris, the NGO Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) said in a statement from Paris.
Manas Wildlife Sanctuary was inscribed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985 for its unique natural environment. The sanctuary is the habitat of several species of plants and 21 most threatened species of mammals, 36 reptile species and 350 species of birds. Endangered species include Tiger, pygmy hog, clouded leopard, sloth bear, Indian Rhinoceros, wild buffaloes, Indian Elephants, golden langur and Bengal Florican. Since 1992, the sanctuary has been listed under ‘The World Heritage in Danger‘.
The decision on the World Heritage status of Manas was an outcome of voting by 22 member countries to the World Heritage Committee. An independent review on the status was done by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) to apprise the committee on the present situation in Manas.
The turnaround in Manas’ fate came about in early 2000s. The political situation in the area began improving and culminated in the creation of the Autonomous Bodoland Territorial Council under the Bodo Accord (February 2003). Since then, there have been concerted efforts by the government and local people assisted by committed NGOs and individuals to revive Manas