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The Indian wild orange, believed to be the progenitor of all citrus species in the world, grows here. Now the area may attain the status of a UNESCO Heritage Site. The Union Ministry of Environment and Forests has nominated Nokrek biosphere reserve in Meghalaya’s Garo hills for this world status and forwarded its recommendation to United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization(UNESCO). Though UNESCO is yet to get back on it, scientists and forest officials say the recognition will put Nokrek on the world map.   The status will bring more facilities to the reserve for effective conservation and monitoring.The nomination was made after a study by the Botanical Survey of India (BSI), Kolkata revealed that 10 per cent of the plants in Nokrek biosphere reserve are rare and endangered. Scientists from BSI say immense research needs to be done to understand the region’s unique biodiversity. Read more at http://www.downtoearth.org.in/full6.asp?foldername=20090131&filename=news&sec_id=50&sid=29

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