Particularly after 9/11, the tourism industry plummeted to its lowest ebb. In the year 2009, there were less than 500 visitors to the K2 base camp as compared to 15000 to that of Everest.The country has been in an unofficial state of war for the past one decade. Interestingly though, Northern areas, the major tourist destination in the world, remains the most peaceful place in the country. To quote a French tourist, “These are the safest and most beautiful places in the world”.
Pakistan is a country of diverse geographical strata and therefore supports a wide variety of wildlife. With a not-so-encouraging literacy rate, it is difficult to make people realize the importance and need of conservation. The international wildlife channels, however, have done amazingly well to create awareness among the common people in this regard. Though much work needs to be done, the foundation has been laid as the people do understand, to some extent, the importance of ecology and conservation and the harmful repercussions of their absence.
The major contributor to wildlife conservation in Pakistan is the World Wildlife Federation (WWF) which has done a commendable job in protecting some of the critically endangered species.
Dolphin, Green and Leatherback turtles.
to be continued…