Living Root Bridge Included in UNESCO’s List


  • The ‘living root bridges’ or ‘Jingkieng Jri’ was included on the tentative list of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.
  • It has been included as the root bridge highlighting the socio-cultural, social and botanical links between people and nature.
  • The living root bridges were grown by indigenous Khasi tribal communities by training the ‘ficus elastica’ tree on both sides of water bodies over a period of about 10 to 15 years.
  • It is a type of simple suspension bridge formed by the method of tree shaping to form living plant roots across a stream or river.
  • Other sites added in the UNESCO world heritage sites in 2022 - the Geoglyphs of the Konkan region of Maharashtra, Sri Veerabhadra Temple, and Monolithic Bull (Nandi) at Lepakshi of Andhra Pradesh.


   Facts to know:


  • Number of World Heritage Sites in India: 40 (32 are cultural, 7 are natural, and 1 is mixed).
  • The UNESCO World Heritage Convention was established in 1945.
  • Headquarters of UNESCO: Paris, France.
  • The latest site added in the list: Dholavira, Gujarat.
Living Root Bridges
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