The tentative list of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites has now added the very famous living root bridges found in Meghalaya state.
Conrad K. Sangma, Meghalaya’s Chief Minister, recently tweeted the announcement, sharing his excitement to share that “Jingkieng Jri: Living Root Bridge Cultural Landscapes of Meghalaya” has been very successfully added tentatively to the UNESCO World Heritage Site list.
Bridges are pioneers of connectivity and resilience. They stand for their exemplary human-environment symbiotic relationship. According to him, they play a valuable part in adopting sustainable measures to balance the economy and the environment.
As reported, when the hill state marked its 50th year of creation, the idea of adding these bridges to the list was pitched by the Meghalaya Chief Minister.
The indigenous Khasi tribal communities are said to have built these bridges.
As stated by UNESCO, “These structural ecosystems manage to perform well in extreme climatic conditions, and they have been doing it for centuries now.” They are also a force that encapsulates a profound harmony between humans and nature. ”
These bridges facilitate connectivity in the wettest region on the planet and in more than 75 remote villages. When the tree grows in shape to form living plant roots across a stream or river, the suspension bridges are formed. Over time, the roots are allowed to strengthen and grow gradually.