The government of Goa is striving to have the mountainous region known as the Western Ghats listed as a World Heritage site by Unesco, in a move that could boost the area’s tourist industry.
As part of its campaign, the government will aim to obtain the support of the Union Ministry of Environment and Forest, according to the Times of India.
Environment and Forest Minister Alina Saldanha said World Heritage Site accreditation would help to foster international cooperation in the protection of Goa’s rich forests.
“Besides, there will be immense scope for tourists and researchers who like to visit the area and study the diverse species,” the politician added.
Ms Saldanha states that there are in excess of 1,500 different types of plant and rare animal species in the area of the Western Ghats within Goa.
If the government’s efforts come to fruition, the knowledge that the area is a World Heritage Site will add to the attraction for Britons and encourage more to head off from the country’s major airports such as Heathrow and Stansted to the region.
The Western Ghats mountain range spans a length of 1,600 km and it already boasts Unesco recognition in a number of locations, such as Kerala and Karntaka.
At present there are 962 World Heritage sites in the 157 states around the world.
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