Goa bids for world heritage status

21st Nov 2012

A campaign is under way to have a natural monument in Goa recognised by Unesco as a World Heritage Site.

The Save Western Ghats Movement (SWGM) has put its weight behind Goa's bid to obtain World Heritage status for its section of the Western Ghats.

Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra are home to some 39 locations specified in Unesco's list of World Heritage sites, but Goa is not named on the list.

SWGM took its decision to support the bid at a two-day meeting to commemorate 25 years of the organisation's existence.

Sudhendru Sharma, an environmental journalist, put forward the view that Unesco's recognition of Goa would have wider positive effects for the region.

In listing Goa's section of the Western Ghats as a World Heritage site, the journalist said Unesco would be bringing the feature to national and international attention and would consequently help with efforts to protect the region's forests.

Tourists planning trekking holidays in India may be interested to note the SWGM summit concluded on Sunday with the commitment to maintain its struggle to save the Western Ghats.

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