The Western ghats- UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE
It covers an area of around 140,000 km² in a 1,600 km long stretch that is interrupted by the 30 km Palghat Gap.A significant characteristic of WG is rich biodiversity and endemism. This mountain range is recognized as one of the world’s eight ‘hottest hotspots’ of biodiversity. but one of the criteria for declaring biodiversity hotspot is that it must have 30% or less biodiversity left than its original natural vegetation (which gets lost by deforestation and other activities).
Also western ghats is rapidly losing it's forest cover and diversity due to developing infrastructure projects, new railway lines, illegal resorts, mega projects like highways which killing animals. Future of western ghats in our hand. Let's protect and conserve remaining biodiversity of our heritage.
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