Published: Wednesday 31 October 2001

two sites in India -- the Gulf of Mannar facing Sri Lanka and the Sunderban Mangroves in the Ganges Delta -- have been added in the World Network of Biosphere Reserves of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (unesco). The two sites are among the 18 new sites in 13 countries that have been added to unesco 's World Biosphere Network. The network provides a framework for the study and conservation of the environment and for the sustainable use of natural resources. It consists of 411 sites in 94 countries. The new sites and extensions were approved by the Bureau of the International Coordinating Council of unesco 's Man and the Biosphere Programme at its meeting on September 19-21, 2001.

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