Gilgit-Baltistan Wildlife Management Board approves Management Plan for Central Karakoram National Park

Gilgit-Baltistan Wildlife Management Board approves Management Plan for Central Karakoram National Park

26 February 2015- 4:00| Author Yasir Abbas | SKARDU PAKISTAN
Final approval of the Management Plan for Central Karakoram National Park (CKNP) Gilgit-Baltistan has been given in the 4th meeting of Gilgit-Baltistan Wildlife Management Board held on 26 February 2015 under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary Gilgit-Baltistan in Conference Hall Gilgit. Meeting was participated by the Secretary Forests, Wildlife and Parks Gilgit-Baltistan, Secretary Tourism, Sports, Culture and Youth Affaires, Conservator Parks and Wildlife Gilgit-Baltistan, Director CKNP, representatives from Planning and Development Department as well as other relevant line departments. During the meeting Management Plan was presented to the board members. CKNP management plan document was prepared and completed by EvK2CNR and Directorate of CKNP during the last 5 years in the framework of KT-II and SEED projects with the contribution of the SEED project partner organizations, Forest, Parks and Environment Department GB and other line departments, various researchers form Italian universities and KIU. It was accomplished in 4 steps including Preliminary studies in Step- 1, Research and Planning in Step-2, Consultation and final document development in step-3 and Monitoring and revising in step-4. Planning process was started in 2009. In June 2012 initial findings were shared. June 2012 to 13 planning continued also taking into consideration the feedback received from the International workshop held at Islamabad in November 2012. In March 2013 Draft of the 1.1 version presented to the Government of GB in Gilgit and in November 2013 provisional approval was given by the Government. In the meanwhile from March 2013 to April 2014 communities and stakeholders were consulted and document was shared with the communities feedback was received and incorporated into the document. On these bases Management Plan integration and Operational Document was also developed and presented where interventions about 10 sectors have been identified which includes Wildlife, Vegetation, Tourism, Aromatic/medicinal plants and Non-wood forest products, Pastures and Livestock, , Mining, water, Local communities involvement, Research and agriculture. This Management Plan is a comprehensive document having major contents in 4 parts including as Part – 1: Baseline for the Management Plan, Part-2: Park Management Guidelines, Part-3: Thematic Management Guidelines and Part 4: Research Protocol. During the session the document was appreciated and considered as an incredible milestone for the sustainable management of the largest protected area of Pakistan.

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