UNESCO tag for root bridges

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    • The Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) has underlined some green rules for the living root bridges of Meghalaya to get the UNESCO World Heritage Site tag.
    • faunal diversity and the preparation of health cards would be the prerequisites for Meghalaya’s living root bridges to earn the UNESCO tag.

    About 

    • Meghalaya houses single to double-decker living root bridges.
      •  Such a bridge is locally called jingkieng jri.
    • They are created by human beings.  
      • A living root bridge is like a suspension bridge formed by guiding the pliable roots of the rubber fig tree (Ficus elastica) across a stream or river and allowing the roots to grow and strengthen over time. 
    • Although the Living Root bridge takes around 10 to 15 years to take its shape, it can last up to 500 years. 
    • They are a symbol of Meghalaya’s heritage

    Importance: 

    • They can be considered as a reference point for future botanical architecture projects in urban contexts. 
    •  They are among the major points of attraction in Meghalaya and also home varieties of flora and fauna.
    • They are ever-evolving and have the potential to hold 50 or more people in one go.
      •  Found mostly over streams running through the forests, these are grown by trained Khasi and Jaintia tribes.

     Source:TH