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 Pakistan to Celebrate International Year of Mountains – 2002

The United Nations has proclaimed 2002 as International Year of Mountains to increase international awareness of the global importance of mountain eco-systems. The Food & Agriculture Organization – FAO has been assigned the role of lead agency in collaboration with national governments, NGOs and other UN organizations.

  1. The objectives of celebrating the International Year of Mountains are as follows:
    1. Ensure present and future well-being of mountain communities by promoting conservation and sustainable development in mountain areas;
    2. Increase awareness of, and knowledge on, mountain eco-systems, their dynamics and functioning, and their overriding importance in providing a number of strategic goods and services essential to the well-being of both rural and urban, highland and lowland people, particularly water supply and food security;
    3. Promote and defend cultural heritage of mountain communities/societies;
  1. The International Year of Mountains will promote the conservation and sustainable development of mountain regions, thereby ensuring the well-being of mountain and lowland communities. The community based tourism will involve the local communities in the tourism industry and will provide jobs to the people of the community. This will also elevate poverty and revive the economy of Pakistan.
  2. It may be mentioned that Pakistan has many beautiful mountains in Northern Areas, NWFP, Balochistan and Azad Kashmir. The Himalayas, The Karakorams and the Hindukush meet in the north. The 2nd highest mountain K2 8611 meters and Nanga Parbat 8126 meters are the main attractions for the tourists and mountaineers from abroad and from within the country. These mountains serve as vast reserves of valuable resources like water, energy and biological diversity s well as key centers of culture and recreation. However, the rapid pace of globalization, urbanization and mass tourism are threatening mountain communities and the resources they depend on.
  3. The mountain area fragility represents a considerable challenge to sustainable development which has to be met in the most appropriate manner. The mountain environments, the fruit growths, water and other such resources including minerals have to be protected so that sustainable developments of mountains can be achieved.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS FOR IYM 2002

MONTH     DATE     EVENT

January     1st Tue Opening Ceremony at National Library, Islamabad

               15th Tue National Competition on Mountain photos.

February   15th Fri One day Junior downhill Skiing Competition

               23rd Sat Four day Skiing Competition at Malam Jabba / Naltar

March       1st Fri Sibi Mela in Balochistan

              10th Sun Junior Rock Climbing competition

              18th Rock climbing Competition in Quetta/Ziarat.

              21st Thu Three day Motorcycle Rally in Sindh-Balochistan

April         1st Mon Trekking Programmes for expatriates in Azad Kashmir & Northern Areas.

May         14th Tue Two day Festival at Kalash, Chitral.

June        1st Sat 10 week Pak-China K2 expedition

              8th Sat Three week Pakistan – China Expedition for ladies on Hunza                                  Mountains.

              15th Sat Six week International Expedition to Nanga Parbat

              22nd Sat Twenty Five day Festival at Kalam, Swat

July         1st Mon One week International Mountain Adventure Competition with three day Triathlon Race, trekking, Rock Climbing and Mountain Biking in Skardu.

             7th Sun Polo Festival at Shandur, Chitral

             8th Mon Rock and Ice Climbing Competition among youth/students in Hunza.

            15th Mon Conference on Mountain Tourism in Chitral (provisional-subject of confirmation by NWFP government)

            29th Mon Two day National Ice Climbing Competition at Passu Glacier, Hunza.

August  5th Mon Five week cleaning up operation at Nanga Parbat base camp and Baltoro Glacier.

           7th Wed International Youth Adventure meeting in Kaghan.

           19th Mon Silk Route Festival in Gilgit / Hunza Nagar / Astore.

           28th Wed Nine day Folk Festival in Islamabad Lok Virsa.

Sept    8th Sun Ten day Car Rally from Karachi to Sust.

         20th Fri One week Festival at Kalash, Chitral.

         27th Fri World Tourism Day celebration in all cities.

Oct     1st Tue One week Jashan-e-azadi celebration in Gilgit

          3rd Thu Three day International River Running expedition in Indus.

         10th Thu Two day Training Workshop on Mountian Tourism Industry                                 personnel problems in Chitral.

         14th Mon Adventure Marathon at KKH to include Biking, Rafting, Climbing and Trekking.

         18th Fri One week Familiarization Trips for Tour Operators in Northern Areas.

         24th Thu International Mountaineering Conference at Skardu.

Nov   14th Thu Regional Rock Climbing Competition in Sindh / Punjab

        18th Mon Balloon Flying Competition on Mountain Theme in F-9 Park,                                 Islamabad.

Dec    2nd Mon Regional Rock Climbing and Trekking Competition on KKH.

        12th Thu Two day International Rock Climbing Clinic on KKH.

        22nd Sun Familiarization Trips for families and children of Overseas Pakistanis in Azad Kashmir.

        31st Tue Closing / award giving ceremony in Swat.

Asghar Ali Porik JASMINE TOURS
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