Prime Minister Imran Khan has introduced two new high-altitude Nationwide Parks in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) spanning throughout an space of three,600 sq. kilometers, which is nearly 5 p.c of the full space of GB.
These two nationwide parks have been introduced below the Prime Minister’s “Protected Areas Initiative.” The initiative goals to make sure the safety and preservation of Pakistan’s pure property via designation and administration as Nationwide Parks.
The newly notified “Himalaya Nationwide Park” and the “Nanga Parbat Nationwide Park” have distinctive ecological areas with wealthy high-altitude biodiversity in addition to valuable wildlife. The parks may even protect the endangered wildlife native to the world, which incorporates snow leopards, Himalayan brown bear, Ladakh urial, ibex, markhors, and blue sheep.
The variety of Nationwide Parks within the nation was thirty in 2018. These parks have been introduced over 70 years and remained simply paper parks. Presently, below this initiative, in merely eight months, the variety of Nationwide Parks throughout all provinces has elevated by 1.5 occasions. The initiative may even introduce community-based administration regimes in all of the parks.
On this regard, the PM additionally accredited the formation of GB’s first “Nationwide Parks Service,” which he stated will present 5,000 inexperienced jobs to the youth within the province. The PM stated that the Park Service Nighabaans might be skilled and employed to handle the parks in GB as areas for biodiversity safety, protected habitats for wildlife preservation in addition to for the promotion of nature-based eco-tourism.
With the announcement of those two Nationwide Parks, a globally distinctive “Nature Hall” has additionally been shaped, which traverses a excessive altitude space (over 10,000 toes top) and connects the provinces of KPK and AJK via GB. It will present a protected and managed hall for preserving the wildlife of the world, together with the long-lasting snow leopard and Pakistan’s nationwide animal Markhor, that are current on this space.
The PM was additionally briefed on the related initiative to avoid wasting the endangered Ladakh urial, for which a breeding enclosure is being established in Skardu within the pure habitat of this dwindling species to reinforce its numbers.
In response to studies, three feminine Ladakh urials have been already current within the space, which is being fenced, and a male species is being trans-located from Bonji in GB. This would be the first experiment of its form to avoid wasting the Ladakh urial, which is endemic to solely Pakistan and India and stays extremely endangered.
SAPM, Malik Amin Aslam, who was accompanying the PM and briefed him, stated that “this high-altitude ‘nature hall’ is an initiative of excessive international significance.”
The PM additionally said that the federal government may have “zero tolerance” in the direction of the timber mafia and praised the work of the GB forests division below the “10 Billion Tree Tsunami” undertaking. He accredited the deployment of FC platoons, particularly for the forest safety drive in GB.