Biosphere reserves of India
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The Indian government has established around eighteen Biosphere Reserves in India, (categories roughly corresponding to IUCN Category V Protected areas), which protect larger areas of natural habitat (than a National Park or Animal Sanctuary), and often include one or more National Parks and/or preserves, along with buffer zones that are open to some economic uses. Protection is granted not only to the flora and fauna of the protected region, but also to the human communities who inhabit these regions, and their ways of life. Animals are protected and saved here.
List of Biosphere Reserves
In 2009, India designated Cold Desert of Himachal Pradesh as a biosphere reserve. On September 20, 2010, the Ministry of Environment and Forests designated Seshachalam Hills as the 17th biosphere reserve. Panna (Madhya Pradesh) was scheduled to become the 18th on August 25, 2011.
Potential sites for Biosphere Reserves
Following is the list of potential sites for Biosphere Reserves as selected by Ministry of Forests and Environment:
- Namdapha, Arunachal Pradesh
- Thar Desert, Rajasthan
- Little Rann of Kutch, Gujarat
- Kovalam, Kerala
- Kanha, Madhya Pradesh
- North Islands of Andaman and Nicobar
- Abujmarh, Chhattisgarh
- Chintapalli, Andhra Pradesh
- Lakshadweep Islands, Lakshadweep
- Blue Mountain of Mizoram state.
- Tawang and West Kamang
- UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB)
- UNESCO "20 new Biosphere Reserves added to UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme", 11 July 2012
- UNESCO, Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme list
- "Nicobar Islands declared as world biosphere reserve", 31 May 2013
- "Status of Bioshpere reserves in India" (PDF). ENVIRO NEWS, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Vol. 14. January–March 2008. p. 9. Retrieved June 1, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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