The International Co-ordinating Council of UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB-ICC) added Panna National Park in Madhya Pradesh, India to UNESCO’s World Network of Biosphere Reserves. In a meeting held on October 27-28, MAB-ICC approved the addition of Panna Biosphere Reserve along with 25 other sites in 18 countries. Now, the World Network of Biosphere Reserve has a total of 714 sites now.
Located in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, Panna is known as a critical tiger habitat area and hosts the Panna Tiger Reserve. It is also known for an abundance of rare medicinal plants as well as other non-timber forestry products, such as Kattha, gum and resins.
Interesting Facts about Panna Biosphere Reserve
- It was declared as the 22nd Tiger Reserve of India and the 5th in Madhya Pradesh in the year of 1994.
- Panna was given the Award of Excellence in 2007 as the best maintained national park of India by the Ministry of Tourism of India.
- The park is known for its rich population of tigers, deer, antelopes, vultures, chinkara, and cheetal.
- In 2009, Panna lost all its tigers but the number of tigers in the reserve rose to 52 in 10 years, after being monitored through radio collars by