Too many visitors, not enough awareness: Report highlights threat to Kaas plateau; Pune NYOOOZ


India – Western Ghats

Summary: The UNESCO World Heritage Committee had recognised Kaas plateau as a heritage site in 2012. Since 2012, the local community has worked tirelessly for conservation of Kaas Plateau and made all-out efforts to attract tourists. Kaas plateau is home to around 350 flowering plants, including species listed as ‘rare, endemic and threatened’ by the Botanical Survey of India and International Union for Conservation of Nature. A report by city-based organisation TERRE Policy Centre on Kaas Plateau — one of the 39 World Natural Heritage Sites in the Western Ghats — notes that while the site received highest revenue from visitors’ fees in 2016, the large number of visitors may adversely affect the plateau. Since then, thousands of tourists, nature enthusiasts, researchers and wild flower lovers from around the world have visited the plateau.

Thousands of tourists, nature enthusiasts, researchers and wild flower lovers visit the plateau.

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