Forest department has already signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Wildlife Institute of India to carry out a study and compilation of a comprehensive bio-diversity dossier of the national park for nomination for the Unesco World Heritage List. The world heritage site status would give an impetus to Bhitarkanika’s fragile bio-diversity. With greater assistance from global institutions, the ecosystem here would flourish in a big way.
Bhitarkanika is a unique habitat of Mangrove forests criss-crossed with numerous creeks and mud flats. One of the largest Mangrove eco-systems in India, Bhitarkanika is home to diverse flora and fauna.
Besides, If Chilika is given the coveted status, it would be the first lake in the country to be declared as a World Heritage Site and would stand equal to lake Baikal in Russia and lake Willandra in Australia.