Pakistan will push for Unesco to include another eight sites, that are of universal value, in its lost of world heritage sites.
“These sites are of national and cultural universal importance, and will attract tourists from across borders – that will help Pakistan generate income and improve its soft image,” Ministry of Heritage Joint Secretary Mirza Mashood Ahmed said at the closely ceremony of a workshop on the Tentative List of Cultural, Natural and Mixed Heritage Sites in Pakistan, suitable for inscription of the world heritage list of Unesco.
The three-day workshop brought together archaeologists and cultural experts from all the provinces, to learn how to select important sites and monuments that could be added to the world heritage list.
The eight new sites recommended by experts are: Central Karakoram National Park, the Juniper Forest in Ziarat, Deosai National Park, Karez System, the ancient city of Bhambhore in Sindh, Hingol National Park – the largest national park in the country, Kallar Kahar’s Salt Range and Nagar Parkar in Sindh.
Pakistan has been pushing Unesco to include 18 sites of universal significance for over a decade now. However, these recommendations were rejected because the proposed sites did not meet Unesco’s criteria for world heritage sites.
“The recommended sites and monuments were both, not well managed or maintained by the state, and were missing public facilities and infrastructure, such as roads, museums and information centres,” archaeologist Dr Ayesha Pamela Rogers said. She said another significant reason for failure was the Department of Archaeology and Museums’ (DOAM) lack of resources, which were needed to prepare impressive dossiers for the proposed sites.
“Dossiers are massive documents, and a dedicated team of experts backed by the state is needed to prepare them for consideration by Unesco,” Dr Rogers said. She said she was optimistic about the eight recommendations, which fit Unesco’s criteria. “I would be surprised if they are not considered world heritage,” she said.
Dr Rogers explained that pushing Unesco to enlist sites is an arduous and time consuming task. She said the first step is the submission of dossiers to be included in the tentative list. Six sites in Pakistan have already been marked as world heritage sites.
These are Lahore Fort, Shalimar Gardens, Rohtas Fort, the ruins at Mohenjodaro, Taxila, the Buddhist ruins of Takht-i-Bahi, and the historical monuments at Makli.
25 November, 2015 – 3:00| Author Yasir Abbas | Skardu Pakistan
Directorate of Central Karakoram National Park Gilgit Baltistan has planned to conduct winter seasonal wildlife surveys in about 20 valleys of CKNP in its 5 districts. Surveys will be conducted as per CKNP standard wildlife research & Monitoring Protocol in Hushey, Kanday, Thalley, Kharkoo (District Ghanche) Upper Braldo 1 & 2, Arindu Basha, Shigar (District Shigar), Baghicha Khomera, Tormik, Astak-Shengus (District Skardu) Haramosh, Bagrot, Danyore, Jutal-Rahimabad-Juglot (District Gilgit) Skandarabad, Ghulmat, Minapin-Pisan, Hopper and Hisper (District Nagar). Surveys in Hopper valley will be jointly carried out by CKNP, WWF-P, VCC Hopper and Wildlife department staff while in the other valleys CKNP Directorate staff will conduct census in collaboration with the territorial wildlife department staff and community representatives. Mountain ungulates will be focused during the surveys while all other wildlife species will also be surveyed.
Ms. Angela Binetti (Rome Italy) and Ms. Iffat Rasool (Islamabad) representatives of Italian Development Cooperation and Mr. Riaz ul Hassan Resident Representative Ev-K2-CNR (Pakistan) visited Central Karakoram National Park (CKNP) office Skardu on November 11, 2015. The purpose was to discuss about the field interventions implemented by the CKNP in the frame work of SEED component. Project Director CKNP gave a detailed presentation about the park and field interventions. The team visited the newly constructed portion of CKNP headquarters building.
Delegation of Italian Embassy led by Dr. Domenico Bruzzone Director Development Cooperation, Embassy of Italy visits CKNP headquarters today on October 14, 2015. Park Directorate staff warmly welcomed the delegation. Ms. Maria Saccarello, Embassy of Italy Islamabad. Mr. Efrem Ferrari, PIDSA Embassy of Italy Islamabad Mr. Riaz ul Hassan, Resident Representative EvK2CNR Pakistan and Mr. Arif Hussain, Technical Representative EvK2CNR were also included in the delegation. Mr. Abid Ali Director CKNP extended gratitude to Italian Government, Italian Cooperation, Embassy and EvK2CNR for successful implementation of a multi sectoral project like SEED in CKNP through various implementing partners and seek out further collaboration and support to CKNP for sustainability of the interventions and milestones achieved in the framework of said project as well as other projects of EvK2CNR like KT and HKKH. Director CKNP briefed them about salient features of CKNP, Financial contributions of the partners to CKNP projects including SEED, KT, WWF and HKKH, detailed targets and progress of the planned activities under SEED project. He focused the major outcomes of the SEED. Mr. Yasir Abbas Ecologist CKNP briefed them the implementation of CKNP standard wildlife research and monitoring protocol and bout the displayed equipment used by the park staff for wildlife surveys, data collection, recording and reporting process . Demos of CKNP designated fuel efficient stoves, Pictorial glance, waste bins, solar geysers; solar cookers and signage were shown to the delegation. They took keen interest in the multipurpose 4 in 1 fuel efficient stoves. Director Italian Development Cooperation Dr. Domenico Bruzzone assured CKNP Directorate to support in the sectors came under discussion. Traditional caps were presented to the delegates by Directorate of CKNP. Directorate staff thanked the delegation and both the organizations assured bilateral support and cooperation for an ideal CKNP in future.
Mr. Agostino Da Polenza, President EvK2CNR Italy visits CKNP headquarters Skardu today on October 06, 2015. Mr. Riazul Hassan Resident Representative EvK2CNR Pakistan was also accompanying him during the visit. CKNP Directorate staff warmly welcomed to the delegates and briefed about the interventions related to Park management by focusing Tourism and Waste management. Future bilateral collaboration by both the organizations were also discussed during the meeting.
17 June, 2015- 3:00| Author Yasir Abbas | Skardu Pakistan
CKNP Waste Management Fee Rates as per Notifications:
Foreign = USD 68 per member
National = PKR 3500 per group of 1 up to 5 member(s)
GB = PKR 500 per group of 1 up to 5 member (s)
Foreign = USD 50 per member
National = PKR 500 per group of 1 up to 5 member(s)
GB = PKR 500 per group of 1 up to 5 member (s)
Note: Climbers and Trekkers belonging to CKNP valleys are exempted from fee. Local and National Researchers, Students and Scientists are also exempted from fee but on prior permission from competent authorities of CKNP.
Foreign visitors are requested to deposit the prescribed fee in the bank account “CKNP Waste Management Fee” during their permit process at GB Council Islamabad and show the receipts at CKNP Visitor Registration Centers Askoli Maidan, Hushey and Hisper. Local and National visitors are requested to submit fee at the above mentioned centers of CKNP directly and get Entry Pass.
03 March 2015- 2:00| Author Yasir Abbas | SKARDU PAKISTAN
Wildlife Department Baltistan, Directorate of Central Karakoram National Park and BWCDO jointly celebrated the World Wildlife Day 2015, today on March 03, 2015 at Snow Land Palace Skardu under the theme “Wildlife Crime is Serious, Let’s get serious about Wildlife Crime” Commissioner Baltistan Malik Muhammad Afsar Khan was the Chief guest of the event while representatives from all relevant Government line departments, EvK2CNR, AKRSP and other NGOs and communities were participating in the program. During the celebration professional experts of the Wildlife department, Directorate of CKNP, Forest Department Baltistan, BWCDO expressed their views on the topic. Renowned poets of Baltistan, Students as well as Commissioner Baltistan also expressed their views in poetry and speeches. Event was concluded with the determination to join hands with each other by all the stakeholders to play their role in wildlife conservation in order to eradicate the wildlife crimes in the true sense.