Kendrapara, Feb 2 (LocalWire) The Odisha government will soon prepare another dossier on Bhitarkanika, the country’s second largest mangrove forest after the Sundarbans of West Bengal, to submit before UNESCO seeking World Heritage site tag.
In 2017 United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) had rejected Bhitarkanika National Park’s nomination for its inclusion in the World Heritage List.
“During the 41st UNESCO World Heritage Committee session in Kraków of Poland, Bhitarkanika was rejected for some unspecified reasons. Hence, we are more cautious this time while preparing the dossier,” said Suresh Chandra Mohapatra, secretary of Forest and Environment department on Saturday.
He was addressing a meeting at Dangamala within the Bhitarkanika National Park in Kendrapara district on the occasion of National Level World Wetland Day.