Karakorum Trust

Integration and Harmonization of Sustainable Development Interventions in the Central Karakorum National Park of Northern Pakistan (Karakorum Trust)

The Central Karakorum in the Northern Pakistan is a mountain area endowed with rich biodiversity, natural beauty and resources.  Although there have been several activities preserving the environment and promoting the rural development in Karakorum since 1993, there is lack of coordination, an integrated management plan and skilled staffs put in place.

In order to promote sustainable development in the Karakorum, UNEP and Ev-K2-CNR jointly have developed the Karakorum Trust Project that is focused on integration and harmonization of sustainable development interventions in the Central Karakorum National Park of Northern Pakistan.  This project, funded by government of Italy, is a 3-year programme which started in January 2009 and will end in December 2012. The main partners in the project are the Ministry of Environment of Pakistan, Karakorum International University (KIU), Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), Global Change Impact Studies Center (GCISC) and the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI).

The project’s objective is to improve the quality of life of local communities and the conservation of environment, architectural and cultural heritage, and enhance capacity of local communities and institutions to adapt to climate change in the Central Karakorum.

This objective will be pursued by the expected outputs as follows.

•   Improvement of the institutional Karakorum National Park ecosystem management mechanism.

•  Integration of adaptation options to climate change and ecosystem management into a sustainable development master plan and a management plan.

•  Shared opportunities and modalities of the project with other Himalaya region countries.

Main Contact person:

JinSoo Shin Senior Programme Officer, Climate Change Adaptation Unit, Email: Jinsoo.Shin@unep.org