Meghalaya’s Living Root Bridges have made to the tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage Site. The news was declared by the Chief Minister of the state, Conrad K. Sangma on his Twitter handle. There are a total of 72 living root bridges, locally known as Jingkien Jri, spread across the state of Meghalaya.
As mentioned on the official website of UNESCO’s tentative list, ‘Besides playing a critical socio-economic role within each village, Ficus-based Living structures also contribute to the ecology through forest and riparian restoration. The indigenous community, including traditional farmers and hunters, continue to use and nurture these structures, reinforcing the remarkable spirit of their ancestors.’