In the inaugural session of the two-day conference of all Principal Chief Conservators of Forests and Wildlife Wardens today, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar signed an agreement to establish the world’s first center of World Natural Heritage & Training at the Wildlife Institute of India.
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, UNESCO, has initiated a process of decentralization and empowerment of the member countries of the UNESCO convention. As a part of this process, UNESCO has identified nine countries in the world for establishment of Category 2 centers for protection of cultural heritage. In the field of natural heritage, UNESCO has selected India for the establishment of the world’s first center of World Natural Heritage Management & Training at the Wildlife Institute of India.
The Union Cabinet had recently given its approval for signing of agreement between UNESCO and the Government of India and had authorised Director General (Forests) and Special Secretary to Government of India to sign this agreement on behalf of the Government of India.