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Changchendzonga Biosphere Reserve recognised by UNESCO's World Network of Biosphere Reserves as heritage site
UNESCO has included Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve as a part of World Network of Biosphere Reserves, states an official release og GOI. It the the 11th such reserse recognised by the UNESCO.

"India has 18 Biosphere Reserves and with the inclusion of Khangchendzonga, the number of internationally designated WNBR has become 11, with 7 Biosphere Reserves being domestic Biosphere Reserves," stated the release.

It added that Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve in Sikkim was one of the highest ecosystems in the world, reaching elevations of 1, 220 metres above sea-level. And, plantation and soil conservation work is also being carried out in the reserve.

Some facts about the reserve from the release are as follows.

 -The core area of the Biosphere Reserve is a major transboundary Wildlife Protected Area. 

-It's southern and central landscape, which makes up 86% of the core area, is situated in the Greater Himalayas. 

-It's northern part of the area accounts for 14% is characterized by trans-Himalayan features. 

-It's buffer zones are being developed to promote eco-tourism activities. 

-The core zone – Khangchendzonga National Park was designated a World Heritage Site in 2016 under the 'mixed' category.

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