All You Wanted To Know About Western Ghats?

Grass Hills view from Akkamalai

  Western Ghats are an important geological landform of peninsular India. It is the origin of Godavari, Krishna, Kaveri and a myriad of rivers which are life line for the people of southern India. On its ecological health depends livelihoods of millions of people belonging to the six Western Ghats states of Gujarat, Maharastra, Goa, Karnataka, … [Read more...]

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Biodiversity Profile Of India

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India is one of the 17 identified mega diverse countries of the world. From about 70 per cent of the total geographical area surveyed so far, 45,500 plant species (including fungi and lower plants) and 91,000 animal species, representing about seven percent of the world's flora and 6.5 per cent of the world's fauna, respectively, have been described. Nearly … [Read more...]

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Western Ghats: Challenges Of Sustainable Development


UNESCO's World Heritage Committee inscribed the Western Ghats of India as a world heritage site on July 1. The tag came at the 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (WHC) in St Petersburg in Russia. Altogether 39 sites that dot the Western Ghats landscape will be part of the region that has been designated as World Heritage Site. Kerala leads with 20 … [Read more...]

Karnataka Rejects UNESCO Tag


The Karnataka assembly on July 26 unanimously rejected UNESCO's heritage tag for Western Ghats. Cutting across party lines, members representing Malnad and coastal constituencies, demanded that the Union Government drop the sites from the list, as their inclusion would “hamper” development in the Ghats, leaving the local people “displaced and … [Read more...]