Penang Hill Biosphere gets UNESCO recognition

Monitor Desk Report Date: 22 November, 2021 | 227 Views

Malaysia’s Penang Hill Biosphere Reserve got the UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme that put it into the World Network of Biosphere Reserves. 

With this, Penang Hill Biosphere, which comprises 12,481 hectares of marine and terrestrial ecosystems in the north-western part of Penang Island, will be counted among a distinguished global network of 714 biosphere reserves across 129 countries.

Biosphere Reserves the world over are celebrated for their exceptional biodiversity and distinct social landscapes as well as for their potential to demonstrate innovative ways of living in harmony with nature.

“This designation is a recognition of the rich natural and cultural heritage of Penang Island and an opportunity to be part of the Man and the Biosphere programme which is a unique platform for international collaboration,“ The Habitat Penang Hill and The Habitat Foundation said in a press statement.

Malaysian Inbound Tourism Association (MITA) president, Uzaidi Udanis, said: “With this latest international recognition, Penang will have a new world-class attraction which should be promoted for tourists. MITA will organise a recce for its members to see and experience the places for themselves.”

Adam Kamal, head of contracting & domestic market at Ice Holidays, told that the recognition would raise curiosity about the destination and boost domestic and international visitor numbers once interstate and Malaysian borders reopen.

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