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.
objectives of celebrating the International Year
of Mountains are as follows:
present and future well-being of mountain
communities by promoting conservation and
sustainable development in mountain areas;
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;
and defend cultural heritage of mountain
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
- 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.
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.
OF EVENTS FOR IYM 2002
1st Tue Opening Ceremony at National
15th Tue National Competition on Mountain
15th Fri One day Junior downhill Skiing
23rd Sat Four day Skiing Competition at
Malam Jabba / Naltar
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
1st Mon Trekking Programmes for expatriates
in Azad Kashmir & Northern Areas.
14th Tue Two day Festival at Kalash,
1st Sat 10 week Pak-China K2 expedition
8th Sat Three week Pakistan China
Expedition for ladies on Hunza
15th Sat Six week International Expedition
to Nanga Parbat
22nd Sat Twenty Five day Festival at Kalam,
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
29th Mon Two day National Ice Climbing
Competition at Passu Glacier, Hunza.
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.
8th Sun Ten day Car Rally from Karachi to
20th Fri One week Festival at Kalash,
27th Fri World Tourism Day celebration in
1st Tue One week Jashan-e-azadi celebration
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.
14th Thu Regional Rock Climbing Competition
in Sindh / Punjab
18th Mon Balloon Flying Competition on
Mountain Theme in F-9 Park,
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
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