Experts speaking at a webinar urged the federal and Gilgit-Baltistan governments to refrain from sloping changes in the legal frameworks governing the protected areas in high mountains especially Deosai and Central Karakoram national parks.
There are many other venues to promote adventure sports in Gilgit-Baltistan off these protected areas.
Whatever sports and festivals are necessary to promote tourism and livelihood for the locals should be held out of the protected areas and buffer zones.
Development Communications Network (Devcom-Pakistan) organised the webinar.
The panel of experts included Ev-K2-CNR senior scientific advisor Ashiq Ahmed Khan, former WWF-Pakistan Deputy DG Dr Ejaz Ahmed, Karakoram International University (KIU) faculty member Saeed Abbas, Ev-K2-CNR representative Riazul Hassan, development experts AH Bhutta, Arshad Warsi, Zainab Mukhtar, Ayesha Raza and Roobia Gul.DNA
Published in The Express Tribune, March 22nd, 2021.
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