Ambassadors from European Union,
Germany, Switzerland, Netherlands along with their
family and President and the Director General of WWF
Pakistan visited the Palas Conservation and Development
Project, which is operating in Palas Valley, Kohistan.
The three days visit took place from 29 to 31 May, 2003.
The Purpose of this visit was to highlight the partnership
between the local community and the PCDP for safeguarding the biodiversity of
Palas as a globally recognized Biodiversity Hotspot to familiarize the
visitors with the difficult working environment and show project achievements
towards conservation and development of this unique valley of northern
Palas valley is still relatively inaccessible as it
population lives above 2200m high and has therefore been able to retain the
wealth of its natural resources such as the habitat for the largest population
in the world of the Western Trago Pan pheasant which is listed as vulnerable
under CITES and one of the last tracts of primary Western Himalayan Temperate
Forests. Palas valley has also been proposed by conservationists as Unesco
World Heritage Site.
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