Coorg will not to be tagged as a World Heritage Site – UNESCO

On the event of receiving objections globally and from Coorg UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee has decided to drop the proposal to include Coorg among one of UNESCO’s world heritage sites, at least not now.

In case if Coorg decides to join the list then the Ministry of Environment and Forest can submit a fresh proposal for nomination after three years to the UNESCO committee.

Madikeri Taluk Budakattu Krishikara Sangha had submitted an appeal to UNESCO opposing the tag in their respective areas quoting the reason as lack of implementation of the UN declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People in the context of UNESCO’s World Heritage Convention.

Denying forest rights is a sheer violation of human rights of adivasis and even after six years, the Recognition of Scheduled Tribes and Other Forest Dwellers Act-2006 has not been implemented and aadivasis are being evicted citing various Forest and Wildlife Acts. This and many other reasons are behind the opposing of this tag.

The World Heritage List includes 936 properties forming part of the cultural and natural heritage which the World Heritage Committee considers as having outstanding universal value. These include 725 cultural, 183 natural and 28 mixed properties in 153 States Parties. As of March 2012, 189 States Parties have ratified the World Heritage Convention. (Source: UNESCO)

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