HIMACHAL PRADESH BECOMES THE WORLD HERITAGE SITE:
On 23rd, June 2014, The Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP) in Kullu District of Himachal Pradesh was accorded the Unesco World Heritage Site status, under the criteria of “exceptional natural beauty and conservation of biological diversity”.
This would help in boosting ecotourism in the hill-state. There is also a special factor that there would be no dislocation of villages or families living in the core park area and other rights had been recognized and their stay would be protected. There are plant species representing most of the families and genera which covers one fourth of the total flora of Himachal Pradesh.
Besides the above species and genera, it is also a home to a number of threatened species providing them with habitats critical in their survival. It supports self-sustaining populations of near-threatened, vulnerable and endangered species like leopard, Himalayan Black Bear, Royle’s Vole, Himalayan tahr, Himalayan serow, Himalayan goral, Himalayan musk dear, western tragopan and cheer pheasant. The endangered snow-leopard and the critically endangered Red-headed vulture are also present.
The park has been inscribed under category 10 of World Heritage Convention that covers area that “contain the most important and significant natural habitats for in-situ conservations of biological diversity , including those containing threatened species of outstanding universal value from the point of view of science or conservation.”