Hunza, March 25: The Conservator Forest, Northern Areas Ghulam Tahir has assured to extend departmental support in order to declare Gulmit, Hussaini and Passu as Community Control Hunting Areas (CCHA). He was speaking to a gathering in Gulmit organised by the Programme for Mountain Areas Conservation (PMAC) to mark the World Water Day. He stressed the need of sustainable use of the natural resources and conservation of biodiversity.
Sifatuddin, representative of Gojal Conservation and Development Association informed the participants about the achievements and challenges of the conservation committees.
A large number of notables, members of village conservation committees and school students from Passu, Hussaini, Ghulkin, Gulmit and Shishkat were present in the event. School students presented colourful programmes including skits, dramas, speeches and poetry related to the day’s theme. The speech competition was won by a student from Ghulkin while students from Passu and Gulmit secured second and third positions respectively.
The speakers appreciated the efforts of PMAC in conservation of Gojal region and demanded to further facilitate the process in the region.
PMAC is a programme of Ministry of environment, Government of Pakistan aimed at conservation of biodiversity in mountain areas of NWFP, AJK and Northern Areas.
Pictures: Nazir Ahmed Bulbul, NREW Productions