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The Great Himalayan National Park to Undergo Enhancements

India’s Great Himalayan National Park (GNHP), a world heritage site, has started to undergo improvements in the park to include two parks and two sanctuaries.

Park authorities said they plan to include the Khirganga National Park of Kullu, Pin Valley National Park of Lahaul and Spiti district, Rupi-Bhaba Wildlife Sanctuary of Kinnaur district, Kanwar Sanctuary of Parbati valley, and a 265.6 sq km ecozone in the park, according to a report.

At first, a survey showed that the Khirganga National Park should be added to the heritage site, which has been completed. Park authorities will do another survey for other areas to join the site. The decision’s goal aims to protect the wildlife in GNHP.

“The process to include the Khirganga National Park, Pin Valley National Park, Rupi-Bhaba Wildlife Sanctuary, Kanwar Sanctuary, and the ecozone in the GHNP is underway. Once this is done, it will become the third biggest national park in India, having an area of 3,120 sq km. At present, it is spread over 905.4 sq km,” said Divisional Forest Officer Nishant Mandhotra.

He said they are making the efforts as per their commitment to UNESCO to “merge more areas” to expand the heritage site. Next year, UNESCO will have a meeting to review the progress.

The state government established GHNP in 1984 to protect, sustain, and propagate wildlife under the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972. In June 2014, UNESCO included the park in its list of world heritage sites under the criterion of “outstanding significance for biodiversity conservation.”

“After the completion of the process, we will submit a proposal to UNESCO to declare the whole area as the world heritage site,” he says. The GHNP is home to numerous flora and more than 375 fauna species, including around 31 mammals, 181 birds, three reptiles, nine amphibians, 11 annelids, 17 mollusks, and 127 insects. They are protected under the strict guidelines of the Wildlife Protection Act 1972.

The site also has a habitat for blue sheep, snow leopards, Himalayan brown bears, Himalayan tahr, and musk deer.

This article originally appeared on The Tribune India.

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February 21, 2024 7:01 am

How impressive! The Great Himalayan National Park’s expansion includes sustainable-tourism facilities and research collaborations for conservation. What are your thoughts?

Brian Wood
Brian Wood
May 13, 2024 12:19 am

Isn’t it exciting how The Great Himalayan National Park is expanding and enhancing its wildlife protection? I’m eager to explore the enriched experience once all these areas are merged!


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