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Biodiversity Conversation of Qazinag Game Reserve

 

 

 

 

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Project Description: The conservation and management plan requires that the Game Reserve be managed in accordance with the purpose for which it was declared. It strives to promote the adaptive and integrated management of biodiversity and the park’s wilderness qualities and cultural character, through becoming a preferred innovative nature-based tourism destination, promoting community participation and empowerment, and including public/private partnerships, which also benefits state economic, social and educational development supported by sound research.
Immediate objectives are to promote the adaptive and integrated management of biodiversity, and to identify and manage species of special concern e.g. Markhor, Himalayan Musk deer, Cheer pheasant, griffon vulture to ensure their persistence and minimizing human induced threats and ensuring their genetic integrity and cultural character through promoting community participation and empowerment.
Description of the proposed activities required in order to realize the project’s objective, clearly indicating the sequence of activity (with time frame, responsible party etc.)
The project aims to minimize the negative impacts of poor conservation strategies and development along its borders, through the proactive engagement with surrounding communities and regional planners. The achievement of the project’s aspirations depends on understanding the relationships and interdependencies between various stakeholders. The project will co-operate with the relevant international, national, provincial and local government structures where these affect the reserve and keep track of issues affecting the reserve and region to ensure functional ecosystem are protected. Through education about the importance of biodiversity, the project intends to raise the awareness of people and communities, in the interface zone, to the plight of conservation in the region. By building positive relationships with local communities and providing a central point for conservation ideas and examples the can achieve the objective of this project.
Biodiversity Conversation of Qazinag Game Reserve: conservation and management plan requires that the Game Reserve be managed in accordance with the purpose for which it was declared. It strives to promote the adaptive and integrated management of biodiversity and the park’s wilderness qualities and cultural character, through becoming a preferred innovative nature-based tourism destination, promoting community participation and empowerment, and including public/private partnerships, which also benefits state economic, social and educational development supported by sound research.
Immediate objectives are to promote the adaptive and integrated management of biodiversity, and to identify and manage species of special concern e.g. Markhor, Himalayan Musk deer, Cheer pheasant, griffon vulture to ensure their persistence and minimizing human induced threats and ensuring their genetic integrity and cultural character through promoting community participation and empowerment.
Description of the proposed activities required in order to realize the project’s objective, clearly indicating the sequence of activity (with time frame, responsible party etc.)The project aims to minimize the negative impacts of poor conservation strategies and development along its borders, through the proactive engagement with surrounding communities and regional planners. The achievement of the project’s aspirations depends on understanding the relationships and interdependencies between various stakeholders. The project will co-operate with the relevant international, national, provincial and local government structures where these affect the reserve and keep track of issues affecting the reserve and region to ensure functional ecosystem are protected. Through education about the importance of biodiversity, the project intends to raise the awareness of people and communities, in the interface zone, to the plight of conservation in the region. By building positive relationships with local communities and providing a central point for conservation ideas and examples the can achieve the objective of this project.
Services Performed:
  • To conduct base line survey of the area.
  • To develop coordination mechanism with all the stockholders (Govt, Communities, NGOs, and armed forces).
  • To identify the problems and the nature and extent of community dependence on the biodiversity resources of the area and to suggest alternative resources.
  • To conduct need assessment of the communities.
  • To put forward possible solutions of all the problems

 

Deliverables
  • Restoration and maintainenance natural ecosystem patterns, processes and function.
  • To provide a range of ecosystem services.
  • To identify and manage species of special concern (e.g. Markhor, Himalayan Musk deer, Cheer pheasant, griffon vulture in animals and Taxus waliichiana and native oak tree in vegetative species) to ensure their persistence.
  • To establish men and women organizations e.g. village conversation committees (VCCs) on village basis to play participatory role in conservation process of the natural resource of the Gamer Reserve
    Project work-plan matrix with indicators and monitoring schedule (Annex II) Completed & Attached
    The proposed project beneficiaries will be divided into two major groups direct and indirect beneficiaries. The direct beneficiaries will include the custodians/dependent communities of the biodiversity resources of Game Reserve. There are 12 villages, which are dependent on the resources of the Qazi Nag Game Reserve. These villages are situated outside the Game reserve boundary. Needs of timber, fuel wood, and fodder for animals, medicinal plants, pastures and others are met from the forests. Very few families are also using LPG cylinders for fuel. The households have mostly the toilet facility inside the house while 2% use the open area.
    The indirect beneficiaries will include the department of the Govt. of AJK, Army, and NGOs who are considered to be the stakeholders of the area.
    Following project indicators will be used for achieving the outputs during the tenure of the Project:
    • Development of Base line data for Per Acr. Coverage of forest or no. of trees (forest density)
    • Population status of species through survey and studies (no. and kind)
    • Consumption of fuel wood in KGS per household per month
    • Consumption of timber in number of trees per year