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World Wildlife Fund released report titled Protecting People through Nature

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Report named ‘Protecting People through Nature’ was released by World Wildlife Fund as main title and ‘Natural World Heritage sites as Drivers of sustainable Development’ as Sub title

Released by: World Wildlife Fund


  • In 96 countries, around 229 natural and mixed World heritage sites including Western Ghats facing Threats
  • These sites are affected due to their distinctive values, migration the livelihoods and well being of human

Threats are:Protecting People through Nature

  • Harmful industrial activities in and around world heritage sites
  • Overfishing
  • Oil and Gas exploration and extraction
  • Illegal logging
  • Infrastructure

Report with respect to India

  • Great Himalayan National Park Conservation Area, Kaziranga National Park, Keoladeo National Park, Manas Wildlife Sanctuary, Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers National Parks, Sundarbans National Park and Western Ghats
  • Indian sites, namely Manas Wildlife Sanctuary, Sundarbans National Park, and the serial sites of Western Ghats are threatened by harmful activities such as mining.
  • Western Ghats gives supports to endangered Asian elephants and vulnerable Indian bison, faces the extractive threats

Extractive Threats: oil & gas concessions and mines & mining concessions

  • Sundarbans National Park and Manas Wildlife Sanctuary are facing non-extractive threats.
  • The non – extractive threats include dams, water use (unsustainable water use), Wood harvesting, Aquaculture (overfishing), Roads & Railways, Shipping lanes and Service lines

About World Wildlife Fund:
i. International non-governmental organization
ii. Established in 1961
iii. Working in the field of the wilderness preservation, and the reduction of humanity’s footprint on the environment
iv. Headquarters: Gland, Switzerland
v. CEO: Marco Lambertini
vi. Founders: Julian Huxley, Edward Max Nicholson, Peter Scott