ISLAMABAD: Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan on Thursday said Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government had planned four new national parks to provide eco-tourism, green jobs and preserve natural beauty under the Asia Protected Area Partnership (APAP) partnership.
“Becoming first province of an Asian country to be part of Asia Protected Area Partnership (APAP) is yet another achievement of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government,” he said.
Asia Protected Area Partnership was established in 2104 when senior government officials from 12 Asian countries and International Union for conservation of Nature (IUCN) agreed to establish a new transboundary Asian partnership on protected areas.
The Asia Protected Areas Partnership will be co-chaired by the Government of Japan, as the first country co-chair, and IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
Protected areas are vital to meeting development challenges in Asia – one of the world’s most dynamic regions. In addition to helping reduce the risk of natural disasters, they provide clean water and enhance food security, provide clean air and medicines, store carbon to help mitigate climate change and provide homes, jobs and livelihoods to millions of people in Asia and worldwide.
Protected areas are increasingly impacted by high rates of economic development in Asia and their ongoing conservation has transboundary implications.