Unesco declares India’s Nicobar Islands as world biosphere reserve

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New Delhi/June 1
India’s Nicobar Islands has been declared as world biosphere reserve by Unesco under its Man and the Biosphere program.
As per reports, the International Coordinating Council of Unesco has added 12 new sites from different countries of the world and under the Man and Biosphere program, it uses different approaches to the sites for their better management.
India’s Nicobar Islands has been chosen as one of the world biosphere reserves as the island is home to some of the world’s most endangered tribes.
Nicobar Islands is the home to 1,800 animal species and some of the world’s most endangered tribes. The inhabitants of the island derive a wide variety of biological resources from their environment such as medicinal plants and other non-timber forest products.
Under the program, the world body tries to promote sustainable development based on local community efforts and sound science and these sites are considered as sites of excellence, where new and optimal practices to manage nature and human activities are tested and demonstrated.
Other sites that are chosen under the Unesco program include Ziarat Juniper forest in Pakistan, China’s Snake Island, Mont-Viso in France, Monteviso Area della Biosfera del Monviso in Italy and Gochang in Republic of Korea.

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