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Living root bridges of Meghalaya

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  • January 22, 2022
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Living root bridges of Meghalaya

Part of: Prelims and GS-I – Geography

Context: The Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) has underlined some green rules for the living root bridges of Meghalaya to get the UNESCO World Heritage Site tag.

About living roots

  • A living root bridge is like a suspension bridge formed by guiding the pliable roots of the rubber fig tree ( Ficus elastica ) across a stream or river and allowing the roots to grow and strengthen over time. 
  • There are no records to suggest when the Khasi community started the living root bridge tradition.
  • Ecologists say it highlights the symbiotic relationship between people and nature. 
  • Such a bridge is locally called jingkieng jri .

About UNESCO World Heritage Site 

  • A World Heritage Site is a place that is listed by UNESCO for its special cultural or physical significance. 
  • The list of World Heritage Sites is maintained by the international ‘World Heritage Programme’, administered by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee.
  • UNESCO seeks to encourage the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world considered to be of outstanding value to humanity.
  • This is embodied in an international treaty called the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, adopted by UNESCO in 1972.
  • India now has 39 world heritage sites

News Source: TH

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