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BAM-E-DUNYA STAKEHOLDERS’ WORKSHOP
Online – moderated centrally from the ICIMOD headquarters in Kathmandu, Nepal, and facilitated by country focal points in the designated IT nodes in the respective countries
29 November 2021 to
30 November 2021
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This virtual workshop aims to strengthen the ecosystem-based management of ecologically contiguous protected areas (PAs) in Hindu Kush Karakoram Pamir Landscape (HKPL) countries. Specifically, the workshop’s objectives are as follows:
The following outcomes are expected by the end of the workshop:
At least 12–15 participants from each country in the landscape, representing the following key groups from each PA, will participate in the workshop:
The HKPL is a transboundary complex spread across 67,506 km2, covering parts of Afghanistan, China, Pakistan, and Tajikistan. It is a highly fragile alpine ecosystem at the junction of three mountain ranges – the Karakoram, the Hindu Kush, the Pamir, and the Himalaya. The area is home to over one million people from the Wakhi, Kyrgyz, Sarakuli, Kho, Burusho, Shinaki, Yashkun, Pamiri, and Kazakh ethnic groups. The landscape is also rich in biodiversity, including the snow leopard (Panthera uncia), Himalayan brown bear (Ursus arctos isabellinus), the Marco Polo sheep (Avis ammon polii) and markhor (Capra falconeri).
The core area of HKPL comprises six PAs shared among the landscape countries that offer tremendous benefits and services to local communities, institutions, and businesses. These PAs include Wakhan National Park in Afghanistan; Taxkorgan Nature Reserve in China; Broghil National Park, Khunjerab National Park, and Qurumber National Park in Pakistan; and Zorkul Nature Reserve in Tajikistan.
Agriculture, energy, fisheries, and tourism are the key economic sectors that benefit most from the ecosystem services that these PAs provide. However, the PA resources are often over-exploited, but the economic gains are usually underestimated, irrespective of their social, economic, and environmental value. At present, there is no proper system of pricing and marketing the high-value ecosystem services offered by the PAs, and nor is the cost of ecosystem degradation considered by concerned planners in resource management decisions. It is not enough to simply say that PAs offer numerous benefits; they need to be economically assessed for wider recognition and consideration by planners and decision makers.
The HKPL Initiative is one of the four transboundary landscape initiatives of ICIMOD. The initiative aims to foster biodiversity conservation and sustainable development in the HKPL region through the science–policy–practice connect and regional cooperation among the landscape countries under the banner of the Bam-e-Dunya Network.
All the time is in Nepal Standard Time (NPT)
Moderator: Babar Khan, Senior Ecosystem Management Specialist, ICIMOD
Track the flow chain of each benefit from goods and services (whom it flows to and value proposition – quantifying and putting a value tag to each unit service/use/benefit [current or future] from the PA)
List down main ecosystem services (uses/benefits) of the PAs that are transboundary / flow across international boundaries in HKPL, which and can be jointly managed by more than one country. Also suggest ways for doing so (means of cooperation)