Uttarakhand government is eyeing UNESCO World Heritage Site tag for Adi Kailash and the state government has already started working on it. National Parks, Dehradun based Wildlife Institute is now working on a report to be sent to the Central government for getting a UNESCO World Heritage Site tag for Adi Kailash or Chota Kailash in Pithoragarh district. Adi Kailash is situated at a height of around 6000 metres and is approximately 120 km from Dharchula sub-division of Pithoragarh district. Adi Kailash is an important site both from the point of view of wildlife and cultural aspects. It is an ancient holy site for Hindus in the Himalayas, similar to Mount Kailash in Tibet.
It may be remembered here that Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers National Parks from Uttarakhand have already been added to the list of world heritage sites by UNESCO in 1988 and 2005, respectively.
However, the process to be followed for getting the World Heritage site tag is a lengthy and time consuming one. For this a nomination dossier has to be prepared and preparation of nomination dossier is a specialist’s job and numerous requirements have to be fulfilled. Some of the tasks involved here are:
- Collate all information about the area proposed for nomination including architectural documentation, etc.
- Draft the ‘Statement of Outstanding Universal Value’ (OUV) for the property.
- Identify the laws that provide legal protection for the property. If some components are unprotected, ensure legal protection is secured before submission of the dossier.
- Draft a policy framework for conservation and management of the property.
The institute is presently preparing a report about the importance of the Adi Kailash area which will soon be sent to the Centre. The institute has conducted a preliminary survey of Adi Kailash and nearby areas in the month of October, to learn more about the place.