Margalla Hills—Urban Wilderness
Margalla Hills—Urban Wilderness focuses on the protection, conservation, and rehabilitation of ecosystems, species, genes, and habitats belonging to the Margalla Hills National Park which is located in Islamabad, Pakistan and includes Margalla Hills, which forms the foothills of the Himalayas, along with Shakarparian Park and Rawal Lake.
The park is rich in biodiversity, and supports not only the ecosystems, species, genes, and habitats belonging there, but also local communities that have lived in and around the park for generations. The project seeks to educate people in local communities in and around our national parks, helping to engage them in conservation and sustainable development programs to find lasting solutions.
Natural systems such as these that lie close to cities are always under threat due to increasing land value as cities grow. If these systems are lost due to mismanagement and deforestation, they will not meet human demand over the long term, resulting in catastrophic losses for the country, its local communities, and the climate.
The objectives of Margalla Hills—Urban Wilderness are:
- To raise and spread awareness about the natural ecosystems, habitats, and biomes belonging to Margalla Hills National Park.
- To spark conversation and drive action for climate change and the sustainable protection, conservation, and rehabilitation of the natural systems of Margalla Hills National Park.
- To change local communities’ perceptions, behaviours, and interests regarding climate change and its effects on the natural systems of Margalla Hills National Park.
- To provide alternate sustainable livelihood options for local communities around the park to play an active role in the sustainable protection, conservation, and rehabilitation of the natural systems of Chitral Gol National Park.
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