Mountain Festival in Pakistan to Celebrate International Mountain Day

03 Jan 2013

In observation of International Mountain Day, the second annual Pakistan Mountain Festival was jointly organized by the Development Communications Network (DEVCOM), ICIMOD, Ev-K2-CNR, and the Social Economic Environmental Development (SEED) in Islamabad 10–12 December. The event was inaugurated by world-renowned mountaineer Nazir Sabir; Mir Shahjehan Kethran, Managing Director of the Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation; and Tauqeer Nasir, Director General Pakistan National Council of Arts. The festival aimed to raise awareness about the importance of mountains to life, highlight opportunities and constraints in mountain development, and build partnerships to bring positive change to the world's mountains and highlands.

During the event, ICIMOD showcased publications, ran short documentaries, and hosted a mountain quiz for students to enhance awareness about mountains and their importance. Over two dozen mountain communities took part in an exhibition, which displayed nearly 50 paintings from students. 

In addition, students from different colleges and universities were able to share their views during a youth seminar on the theme “Mountains and forests are our life”, which was chaired by Dr Nafeesa Shah, Chairperson of National Commission for Human Development, Munir Ahmad, Chairman of DEVCOM, Rafael Del Cima, Country Manager of Operations from Ev-K2-CNR, and Kanwal Waqar, Research Officer from ICIMOD. Other activities included a hike led by Norwegian Ambassador Cecilie Landsverk in the Margalla Hills to raise awareness about litter prevention and performances by leading musicians from Gilgit-Baltistan, Wakhan, Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa, and Azad Jammu and Kashmir during the Mountain Musical Night.