Hiking with environmentalists as part of the Clean-up Movement. This weekend, the Margalla Hills Trail-5 cleanup began. A hike and clean-up initiative involved over 100 university students and environment panthers.
Devcom-Pakistan organized this movement in collaboration with the Islamabad Wildlife Management Board (IWMB), a subordinate organization of the Ministry of Climate Change, the Quaid-i-Azam University Gym Club, the Comsats University CS Adventure Club, Westminster Academy, and Rawalpindi Women University.
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Sakhawat Ali, IWMB’s Assistant Director, briefed participants on the ecological significance and natural heritage of Margalla Hills National Park (MHNP). MHNP was founded in 1980. He added that it is the world’s third largest national park, covering an area of 17,386 hectares (42,960 acres) and located in the Himalayan foothills. Tilla Charouni is the park’s highest peak, standing at 1,604 metres. The park is a veritable treasure trove of Sino-Himalayan species, most notably grey goral, barking deer, and leopard. Around 600 plant species, 402 bird species, 38 animal species, and 27 reptile species call MHNP home. Hiking with environmentalists as part of the Clean-up Movement.
He noted that under the new management, the IWMB has lately taken efforts to protect the park and its tourists. The IWMB renovated the Nature Education Center, which serves as the focal point for events and public education sessions. Sirbaz Khan, Pakistan’s young emerging star of extreme climbing, and Zeshan Naqvi, former deputy mayor of the Metropolitan Corporation Islamabad (MCI), were also in attendance. Mr.Nazir Sabir presided over the certificate distribution ceremony as the chief guest. Environmentalists on a hike as part of the Clean-up Movement.
Mr. Sabir discussed how mountaineering had become increasingly technical and difficult as a result of climate change. Additionally, he suggested that Mr. Prime Minister Imran Khan should organise a task team comprised of eight to ten prominent mountaineers. Mr. Khan revealed that, sadly, climbing was not a government priority, despite the fact that mountains were threatened by the housing and forestry gangs. The authorities should develop a strategy for resolving this conundrum. Environmentalists on a hike as part of the Clean-up Movement.
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