Karakoram-Pamir Landscape Conservation Initiative Launched

The One UN Joint Programme on Environment of the UNDP and ICIMOD have signed a Memorandum of Agreement to conduct a feasibility assessment in the Karakoram-Pamir landscape and strengthen transboundary cooperation between China and Pakistan. The completion of the feasibility assessment will be the next step toward the development of the regional cooperation framework for implementing the long-term transboundary landscape conservation initiative. Under the agreement, ICIMOD will receive USD 100,000 to conduct a prefeasibility assessment by 30 June 2013.

The agreement was signed after the completion of a consultation meeting in Gilgit, Pakistan, which was organized by the ICIMOD Pakistan office to highlight the social, economic, cultural, and ecological importance of Karakoram-Pamir landscape as well as transboundary challenges and opportunities. Syed Akhtar Hussain Rizvi, Secretary Forest, Wildlife, Environment and Tourism (Gilgit-Baltistan) chaired the event, which was held on 29 September through the collaboration of the Government of Gilgit-Baltistan and the World Wide Fund for Nature-Pakistan. Relevant stakeholders, including government officials, NGO representatives, community members, and media personnel, were present at the event.