Harmonizing conservation and development of protected areas along the Silk Road

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The Hindu Kush Karakoram Pamir Landscape (HKPL), which is bisected by the ancient Silk Road, is experiencing rapid change, driven by global climate change as well as other social and economic drivers. The governments of the countries that make up the landscape – Afghanistan, China, Pakistan, and Tajikistan – and the communities living within the landscape are already dealing with the cultural, economic, and environmental impacts of these changes. In addition, ambitious infrastructure development projects like China’s Belt and Road Initiative and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) are under development. It is important to consider the potential impacts on the landscape’s people and unique cultural and natural heritage, including the landscape’s network of national parks and protected areas. 

Lanzhou University and ICIMOD are joining hands to bring together leading scholars and national park and protected area managers to exchange knowledge and experience on topics related to ecology, conservation, agriculture, culture, livelihoods, and environment in order to build capacity and create a common platform for collaboration and knowledge sharing on issues relevant to the HKPL. 

Objective: Establish a forum where national parks and protected areas along the Silk Road can share knowledge and experiences in order to improve conservation and development, with the following specific objectives:

  • Facilitate the formation of a network between the six protected areas in HKPL for sharing data, knowledge, experiences, best practices, and opportunities
  • Brainstorm opportunities at a regional level, including for tourism, and discuss the potential impacts of the Belt and Road Initiative and China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) on the culture, parks, people, and environment of the HKPL
  • Plan activities for HKPL for the next two years