CHITRAL: Community representatives at a meeting in Booni stressed the need for regulating movements of the nomad Gujjar tribe in order to effectively conserve the precious flora and fauna of the fragile ecosystem.
The first review meeting of landscape coordination committee of Hindukush Landscape Snow Leopard and Ecosystem Protection Programme was held with Deputy Commissioner Upper Chitral Shah Saud in the chair, says a press release.
The Gujjar tribesmen not only as community shepherds in different villages of Upper Chitral but also keep roaming around with their goats, leaving a very negative impact on the mountain environment.
Shafiqullah Khan, Regional Programme Manager Snow Leopard Foundation (SLF), Chitral and Jaffaruddin, National Programme Manager PSLEP, presented the annual work plan of 2020 with the participants.
They highlighted the challenges being faced in implementation of the work plan and sought cooperation of the district administration.
The DC promised his full assistance in the project and termed it beneficial not only for snow leopard but the whole environment.
He stressed participation of women as they are directly involved in household activities in mountain and remote areas.–Bashir Hussain Azad