“I am happy it has been added to World Heritage list by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO). This year I visited Western Ghats, the beautiful scenic region with boating in lakes and reservoirs are unforgettable experiences,” said Ayushi Gaur, an avid traveller. “South Western Ghats mountain rain forests are cooler and wetter than surrounding lowland forests and more dominated by evergreen trees and there are more flowering species in this eco-region,” she added.
The World Heritage Committee meets once a year and it is also responsible for the implementation of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention. Each year the committee decides the kind of world’s natural or cultural sites which can be considered for the World Heritage list.
This year besides Western Ghats of India, a historic 18th century Margravial Opera House Bayreuth in Germany, considered a masterpiece of Baroque theatre architecture has also been added to the list. The border town of Elvas and its fortifications in Portugal which represents the largest bulwarked dry ditch system in the world have been added at third place. The home of diverse fauna and microorganisms’ saline and freshwater lakes of Ounianga in Chad, which are 18 interconnected lakes in the arid Ennedi region of Sahara Desert have also been added to the list. Other new entry to the list of 2012 is a pearling site in Bahrain, Masjid-e Jame of Isfahan, an ancient mosque.
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