The Man and Biosphere International Coordinating Council have added the Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve to UNESCO’s World Network of Biosphere Reserves.
The Khangchendzonga biosphere reserve is located in Sikkim. This reserve is one of the few high altitude biosphere reserves in the country. Mount Khangchendzonga offers unique opportunities for joint collaboration and conservation of biodiversity with neighboring countries because of its location.
The reserve is surrounded by several mountain peaks and glaciers. Nepal, Talung, tent peaks and the famous Zemu and Simyo glaciers lie to its northern part and the other peaks like Pandim, Narshing, Siniolchu cover the other sides of the reserve.
The Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve inscribed to the UNESCO’s World Heritage sites list in 2016. It falls within the Himalaya global biodiversity hotspot and displays an utmost range of sub-tropical to alpine ecosystems.
Acknowledging the joint efforts of the State Government of Sikkim and India’s Man and Biosphere Committee, Eric Falt UNESCO New Delhi Director congratulated India and said that this makes it a total of 11 biospheres in the country. ‘Biosphere Reserves in India are truly exceptional places for exceptional people and they are a wonderful world of their own, to be preserved with UNESCO for generations to come,’ stated Falt.