Achievements in 2009:
In the first year (2009) of the project implementation, the activities such as meetings for setting timetable, identifying key stakeholders and issuing first draft of management plan. UNEP’s work had in 2009 focused on providing overall direction and coordinating conflict of ideas or interests among partners, and building capacity of decision-makers to integrate environmental considerations into sustainable development frameworks.
· Networked with the Ministry of Environment of Government of Pakistan (GOP) and other partners including Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), Pakistan, IUCN-Pakistan, WWF-Pakistan and ICIMOD for the implementation of the project;
· Prepared, in consultation with EV-K2-CNR, the Karakorum Trust Project Brochure which is now available electronically;
· Organized the first meeting with the Ministry of Environment of GOP, EV-K2-CNR and other project partners in Bangkok during 7-8 April 2009 and co-developed the preliminary implementation plan, mapped the key stakeholders and projects (ongoing and past) to facilitate the implementation of the project;
· Organized a Media workshop on “Mountain ecosystem and climate change” with the Ministry of Environment of GOP and other project partners during 4-5 June 2009 in conjunction with the National World Environment Day celebration in Pakistan;
· Organized the inception workshop in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment of GOP, EV-K2-CNR and other project partners during 7-8 October 2009 in Islamabad, Pakistan. Key stakeholders representing federal and provincial ministries, specialized organizations from Pakistan and Italy, international and local NGOs and UN agencies attended the meeting. The inception workshop provided broad guidance for project implementation including key challenges and possible pilot projects on climate change adaptation, outline of sustainable development master plan, and the monitoring mechanism;
· Reviewed the outline of the Draft Integrated Park Management Plan of the CKNP and the Monitoring and Research Plan in the CKNP
Achievements in 2010:
Even though there was no budget for the project in 2010, some activities were implemented.
· Held workshop on sharing first hand experiences and exchanging learned lessons from current adaptation projects including Karakorum Trust Project;
· Reviewed the Second Biannual progress report (July-December 2009) and provided technical oversight to EV-K2-CNR;
· Officially approved the draft sustainable master plan in CKNP by the Gilgit-Baltistan Government(8 July 2010); and
· Prepared a budget breakdown for 2011 and planned out the 2011 activity plan to produce concrete deliverable through teleconference with EV-K2-CNR.
Achievements in 2011:
· In March 2011, two SSFAs were finalized and signed under the Karakorum Trust project between UNEP-ROAP and Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), Pakistan, and between UNEP-ROAP and the Asian Institute of technology-Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific (RRC.AP). The expected outputs are as follows;
(ⅰ)RRC.AP: Publication of the Draft Progress Report reflecting achievement, work plan and feedbacks of the project partners, Organization of Project stakeholder workshop, and publication of project-related materials.
(ⅱ)SDPI: Draft Comprehensive assessment of ecosystem vulnerability to climate change in the CKNP, Proposal for a series of actionable Pilot climate change adaptation projects and Organization of at least four meetings and workshops
· UNEP and SDPI, under the SSFA for “Comprehensive assessment of ecosystem vulnerability to climate change in the CKNP” has undertaken the following to date:
(a)April 2011: SDPI staff visited CKNP area to identify stakeholders, including NGOs (WWF, SEED, etc.) and government officials (commissioner, directors of health, education, tourism and culture, etc.) and reported back that there was “very good feedback from all stakeholders”.
(b) 14 June 2011: Organized and held the inception workshop in Islamabad. It was attended by members from the Ministry of Environment, IUCN, WWF, MGOP, Planning Commission, Pakistan Water Partnership, Pakistan Agricultural research Council, Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources, , Met Department, EPA, Oxfam, Prima Minister’s Task Force on Climate Change, Global Change Impact Study Center, Institute of Development Economics, ICIMOD, and SDPI, among others.
(c)June 2011: Developed a set of indicators for the field data collection, which was shared with and commented by UNEP-ROAP focal point (with inputs from colleagues working on the UNEP-WCMC Indicators Partnership Programme).
(d)Currently undertaking field visits for data collection.
· In March 2012, the mid-term workshop is planned in Kathmandu with key partners and stakeholders.
· In 2012, a sustainable master plan and a decision support system will be developed.
· In November 2012, the project close-up workshop is planned in Kathmandu with output and outcomes.