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Biodiversity Heritage Site (BHS)



Purvatali Rai- Surla

Section 37 of the Biological Diversity Act 2002 calls for creation of Biodiversity Heritage Sites. These are well defined areas with unique ecologically fragile ecosystems, presence of high endemism, rare and threatened species, keystone species, and species of evolutionary significance, wild relatives / ancestors of domestic/cultivated species or their varieties. These areas are also represented by fossil beds and having significant cultural, ethical or aesthetic values and are important for the maintenance of cultural diversity, with or without a long history of human association with them. The establishment of BHS has to be done through a gazette notification by the State Government.

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