Karakorum Trust Project

The Central Karakorum National Park (CKNP) in Pakistan represents one section of the Hindu Kush-Karakorum-Himalaya and the most heavily glaciated part of the world outside of the polar region. The region hosts a rich array of fauna and flora owing to varied micro-climates and ecological conditions, and is a source of water and other ecosystem services of ecological, aesthetic, and socioeconomic significance, not only for those living in area, but also for people in surrounding areas. Today, the CKNP faces enormous conservation and sustainable development challenges that are both global and local in nature. To address these issues, several interventions aimed at safeguarding the environment, preserving the cultural heritage and promoting rural development are being carried out by a number of government and non-government actors.

To promote sustainable development through better coordination of ongoing efforts and initiatives, development and implementation of the integrated management pan, enhanced knowledge management, and establishment of environmental monitoring programme, UNEP and Everest-Karakoram-Italian National Research Council (Ev-K2-CNR) is jointly implementing the “Integration and Harmonization of Sustainable Development Interventions in the Central Karakorum National Park, Pakistan” project commonly known as the “Karakorum Trust Project”.

In this three-year project , the UNEP Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific is working closely with the Ministry of Environment, Pakistan and other scientific institutions and academia and local organizations in Pakistan to develop the Sustainable Development Master Plan, Climate Change Adaptation Options, Knowledgebase as well as provide important science-policy interface of the project.

Contact: subrata.sinha@unep.org

Ecosystem Management Activities

Restoring and Maintaining Ecosystems

East Asian Seas Action Plan

Protecting Marine Ecosystems Using the Green Fins Approach

Protecting and Conserving Marine Species and Habitats

The Great Apes Survival Partnership

Forest Certification for Ecosystem Service

Strengthening Forest and Ecosystem Connectivity in the RIMBA Corridor in Central Sumatra

Integrating Ecosystem Management into Development and Planning

Strengthening Coastal Zone Management 

Mapping and Enhancing Natural Resource Governance in Small Island Communities

‘Removing Barriers to Invasive Species Management in Production and Protection Forests in Southeast Asia

Utilizing Ecosystem Management Tools and Supporting Multilateral Environmental Agreements

Support to Biodiversity-Related Multilateral Environmental Agreements

Regional Global Environment Facility Projects