The Canadian High Commission in Pakistan has funded the Clean and Green Hunza project of the Aga Khan Rural Support Program (AKRSP). The project aims to inform and educate the tourists visiting the area to demonstrate responsible behaviour when it comes to cleanliness, littering and urging them to use waste bins.
Under the project, 18 sets of bins have been placed in one of the union councils in Gilgit-Baltistan and a waste collection vehicle has also been deployed responsible for the collection of litter from different areas.
The Aga Khan Rural Support Programme is a private, non-profit company, established as a project of Aga Khan Foundation in 1982 to help improve the quality of life of the villagers of Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral. AKRSP’s development approach gives primacy to the people and their abilities. It is based on the belief that local communities have tremendous potential to plan and manage their own development, once they are organized and provided access to necessary skills and capital.
In a tweet, the Canadian High Commission in Pakistan said, “Canada is working with Mountain Area Support Organization (MASO) and AKRSP for clean and green Pakistan and clean and green Hunza.”
Hunza Valley boasts 95% literacy for both genders due to their experiment with community-run schools. It is recognized as one of the most beautiful regions in Pakistan, and in the last couple of years, several vloggers from western countries have visited the northern regions of Pakistan.
Tourism was impacted due to lockdowns during the last five months of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Pakistani government has recently given a go-ahead to opening tourism.
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