Prelim- 1000

Consider the following statements regarding Hope Spots:
1. These are special places that are critical to the health of the oceans.
2. These are declared by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
3. Lakshadweep Island in India is a hope spot.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
A.
1 only
B.
1 and 3 only
C.
2 and 3 only
D.
1, 2 and 3
Explanation :
Hope Spots are special places that are critical to the health of the ocean. A hope spot is an area of an ocean that needs special protection because of its wildlife and significant underwater habitats.
These are declared by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Mission Blue, an organization involved in the study of oceans. Hence, Statement 2 is wrong.
Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep islands, the two group of islands, considered extremely rich in marine biodiversity, are the first places in India to have been added in the list of global ‘hope spots’.