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No takers for ‘Peace Park’ project in Himalayan ranges

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Delegates participating in a side event to theCoP-II, in Hyderabad on Friday.- PHOTO: Satish .H
Delegates participating in a side event to theCoP-II, in Hyderabad on Friday.- PHOTO: Satish .H

An ambitious proposal of setting up a “peace park” in the transboundary landscape of the Hindu Kush Himalaya Region spanning Pakistan, India, China, Nepal and Bhutan fell through with none of the countries favouring it.

Participating in a side event to the CoP 11, Pakistan delegate, Ashiq Ahmed Khan, said the proposal did not get proper response from any of these countries which believed in developing their respective areas in their own way following the principle of “I grow my apples and you grow your oranges” rather than come to some understanding and take up a joint project symbolising peace.

He was responding to a questioner, a research scholar from a U.S. university. The side event was jointly organised by International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICOMOD) and G. B. Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development and other partners. Mr. Khan who made a presentation on - Managing biodiversity in Karakoram-Pamir trans-boundary landscape - said problems like lack of access, information and data affected launch of biodiversity conservation project initially.


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