The SEED project design has followed a participatory approach. Collaborating agencies had been selected early in the process and planning activities and expected results were formulated considering the partner’s expertise and long-term experience working in NA. Most agencies have been active in various other past projects, some of which were discussed earlier. Building on long-term experiences and sound expertise of collaborating agencies and their and first-hand knowledge of the social, political, ecological and economic context in the project area will support a high efficiency of the project activities and ensure an impact on the ground. On the other hand, this approach has shown to be challenging regarding the achievement of a high effectiveness of the intervention with regard to the results, specific objectives, overall goal and vision.

Ev-K2-CNR Committee


Ev-K2-CNR Committee (Project Applicant)
Via San Bernardino 145
24126 Bergamo
(+39) 035 3230511
(+39) 035 3230551

The Ev-K2-CNR project was initiated in 1987, when the now ninety-year- old geologist Ardito Desio began a new research campaign in the Himalayas and Karakorum, supported by Agostino Da Polenza. Just two years later, the Ev-K2-CNR Committee was registered as an independent nonprofit association, committed to scientific and technological research in the Hindu Kush – Karakorum – Himalaya (HKKH) region, with particular reference to Nepal, Pakistan and Tibet.In 2006, the association obtained juridical recognition and in 2007, in order to formalize the close collaboration with the National Research Council, a Research Unit was established within Ev-K2-CNR, under the auspices of the CNR Earth and Environment Department. Ev-K2-CNR is best known for the Pyramid International Laboratory Observatory, located in Nepal, in Sagarmatha National Park, at 5,050 m a.s.l. Installed in 1990, in collaboration with the Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST), its aim was to become a high altitude research base, and today it has become one of the most complex and interesting remote area research sites. To date, around 600 research missions have been carried out there. Ev-K2-CNR has accumulated a vast quantity of knowledge relating to high altitudes in the research fields of Medicine and Physiology, Environmental Sciences, Anthropology and New Technologies. With its rich network of international and institutional collaborating partners, Ev-K2-CNR plays a strategic role in the exchange and transfer of scientific and cultural knowledge and expertise. Its approach to an increasingly interdisciplinary kind of research enabled the implementation of integrated programs (such as the Karakorum Trust and HKKH Partnership) for the promotion of socio-economic and environmental development in mountain areas.



Karakoram University

Karakorum International University (Main Implementing Partner)
Karakoram International University
University Road, Gilgit
Tel: +92.5811 960440
Fax: +92.5811 960049

Karakoram International University was established in 2002 as a federal university, through a charter with the President of Pakistan as its Chancellor. The university aims to provide higher education facilities to the people of the Northern Areas and to contribute to bring the region at par with the rest of the country. Since its inception, the number of students at KIU has reached just over 2000, with about 1/3 female students. KIU hosts a faculty for applied sciences and a faculty for social sciences and the following 12 departmentsMathematicsComputer SciencesFood, Agriculture and Chemical TechnologyBiological SciencesPhysicsChemistryBusiness ManagementEconomicsEducational DevelopmentModern LanguagesInternational Relations and Political SciencesEarth SciencesSoon, an Institute of Hotel Management and Tourism, Philosophy; Law and Politics; Arts, Culture & Heritage will follow. KIU aims at promoting sustainable socio-economic development in the mountainous areas of Pakistan through the improvement of knowledge, skills, and expertise to sustainably manage natural resources. Consequently, courses and themes of academic curricula offered at the University are made relevant to the mountain environment and touch virtually every aspect of life in the Northern Areas. With around 400 employees and over 120 faculty members, KIU is the only institution in the Northern Areas that feature a large number of highly trained and versatile manpower in a variety of educational fields and well equipped laboratories and facilities. Furthermore, KIU collaborates with a number of NGOs, INGOs and government departments, such as Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NORAGRIC/UMB) NUFU Project, International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and Aga Khan Rural Support Program(AKRSP). The guiding principles of the University’s work include: relevance, multi-disciplinary integration, and quality and excellence. KIU is committed to achieving excellence in the graduate and post graduate level education and research providing comprehensive educational opportunities. It also contributes to the advancement of the society through research and creative activities dedicated to increase human capital based on the knowledge-driven development. Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (Collaborative Agency)



Aga Khan Rural Program


Aga Khan Rural Support Programme Baltistan (AKRSP)

Aga Khan Rural Support Programme
P. O. Box 610, Satpara Road, Skardu, Northern Areas Pakistan
Tel: +925815450320-23
Fax: +925815450324
E-mail: nazir.

Established in 1982, the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP), a project of the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) in Pakistan, is an internationally recognized community-based rural support programme that has been working in the mountainous regions of northern Pakistan mainly in the Northern Areas and Chitral to alleviate poverty and improve the quality of life of rural communities.

Funded by many national and international donors, AKRSP has, over the years, acted as a catalyst for integrated rural development and demonstrated a replicable model which has now been implemented not only all over in Pakistan but also in many other countries. By organising local human, physical and financial resources, AKRSP has enabled rural communities to bring about their own development in an equitable and sustainable manner.

The overall objective of AKRSP is to improve the quality of life of rural people by reducing poverty and gender inequalities and creating opportunities and choices for everyone. The major strategy to achieve this was through social mobilization and fostering self-help community-based village and women organizations and now creating Union Council level local support organizations. AKRSP’s work in northern Pakistan has had significant influence on development policy and practice nationally as well as internationally. A network of Rural Support Programmes now exists all over the country with the mandate to design and implement strategies for the alleviation of rural poverty. Both external evaluations of AKRSP and internal assessments provide evidence of the substantial impact of the Programme on economic and social development in the region, particularly substantial reduction in poverty and gender inequalities.

During the last 25 years, AKRSP has focussed on four key areas of development. These areas include doubling the income of the rural poor, social mobilization through institution building at the village level, improving the productive infrastructure and developing an integrated rural support model that could be replicated in similar contexts. During the last two years AKRSP has consolidated the institutional development efforts at the village level by catalysing institutional actions at the union council level through fostering around 40 local support organizations (LSOs) as solidarity unions of the village and women organizations exist in the Union Council which is a legal, professional and representative body at the Union Council.

Women development has remained at the core of AKRSP programme from the very beginning. Besides fostering women organizations, AKRSP introduced new technologies (to reduce workload on women), trained thousands of women in productive skills, provided scholarships to women professionals to get higher education and trained women as village accountants, manager, leaders and political representatives. At the economic front AKRSP has been initiating infrastructure projects for women such as water supply schemes to reduce their workload. Furthermore to bring women at par with men in the economic sphere, AKRSP has initiated some innovative projects for women such as women’s markets in Skardu, Gilgit and other towns. These markets are now widely accepted and women from many other areas are demanding to support to establish such markets in their area.



Government of Pakistan – Department of Forests – Directorate of Central Karakorum National Park

Directorate Central Karakoram National Park
Sadpara Road Skardu,
Northern Areas, Pakistan

Management of national parks in Northern Areas fall under the responsibility of the Directorate of Parks and Wildlife of the Forest Department Northern Areas. The Park is governed by the 1975 Northern Areas Wildlife Preservation Act. The District Forest Officer, Skardu is the ex-officio Director of CKNP.

The Northern Areas Administration through its Forestry, Wildlife and Parks Department is presently implementing activities aimed at developing Central Karakorum National Park (CKNP), which is managed under the Directorate CKNP Northern, headed by Director under the Secretary Forests, Wildlife and Parks Northern Areas. Chief Secretary Northern Areas is over all Administrative authority of the region.





WWF-Pakistan (Collaborative Agency)
World Wide Fund for Nature – Pakistan,
Regional Office Northern Areas,
GCIC Complex, NLI Colony, Jutial, Gilgit
Ph: 0092 5811 55658 & 55725
Fax: 0092 5811 55688

WWF – Pakistan, since early seventies has been contributing to conservation of the country’s unique natural diversity in a manner that is complementary to the future needs of its people. WWF – Pakistan is part of the WWF International Family Network, which is one of the world’s largest and most experienced independent conservation organizations, with almost 5 million supporters, 4000 staff members and a global network active in more than 90 countries. WWF aims at conserving the nature and ecological process through:

  • Preserving genetic, species and ecosystem diversity
  • Ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable both for the present and in the future for the coming generations
  • Promoting actions to reduce pollution, and wasteful exploitation and consumption of resources and energy

The organization follows a multi-dimensional approach to achieve its objectives in Pakistan. Different Divisions within the organization reflect the multi-dimensional yet integrated approach taken to achieve the goal of nature conservation. WWF – Pakistan carries out conservation activities through Global Thematic Programmes that address the issues of Forests, Freshwater and toxics, Marine ecosystems, Species, and Climate change.

Thirty-three years of experience justifies WWF – Pakistan’s lead in Conservation and Sustainable Development initiatives in Pakistan. Its Conservation Division has been endeavouring to protect endangered, unique and rare species through community involved management of Protected Areas across the country. Environmental Education section has been fostering environmental awareness among schools, youth, women and general masses through formal, non-formal and informal educational initiatives for the last many years. Though informal EE has been one of the focused areas since establishment of the organization in Pakistan but Pakistan Environmental Education Program (PEP) was the first formal initiative to enhance environmental awareness among communities to address basic environmental concerns through formal education across the country. Since then the project has been a significant contributor in establishing the roots of EE in Pakistan. It has developed extensive networks and partnerships with key governmental, non-governmental and private organizations to inculcate EE concepts into the formal and non-formal education systems at various levels.




Mountain and Glacier Protection Organization (Collaobrative Agency)

Mountain & Glacier Protection Organization (MGPO)
127-B, St.60, I-8/3,
Islamabad, Pakistan
Ph: +92.51.4860203
Fax: +92.51.4432889

Mountain and Glacier Protection Organization (MGPO) is a social welfare, Non-profit organization registered under the Social Welfare Agencies Ordinance 1961 (XLV 1961). MGPO is certified by the Pakistan Center for Philanthropy. MGPO works for the improvement in the quality of life of marginalized mountain communities. MGPO interventions are based on creating robust linkages between man and nature to underscore this critical interdependency. MGPO strategies are linked with the Millennium Development Goals to reduce poverty and improve education and health care to ensure sustainable environment.

The strategic vision of the organization focuses on an integrated development plan in which the local communities play an integral role to conserve natural resources. MGPO focuses on activities that alleviate poverty, improve education and provide access to water and sanitation. MGPO aims and objectives focus on bringing balance and harmony between man and nature so that both may prosper and thrive in tandem. The achievement of this goal is envisaged through interventions in the following areas:

  • Environmental Protection
  • Education
  • Health
  • Community Physical infrastructure
  • Poverty Alleviation
  • Disaster Relief / Reconstruction


alpine club

Alpine Club of Pakistan (Collaborative Agency)

Alpine Club of Pakistan
Jinnah Stadium, Pakistan Sports Complex,
Kashmir Highway (near abpara), Islamabad-Pakistan
Tel: 0092-51-9208963
Fax: 0092-51-9244676

Alpine Club of Pakistan (ACP) was founded by mountain lovers, as a Non Governmental Sports Organisation and national mountaineering federation, dedicated to the promotion of mountaineering and mountain related activities in Pakistan. The Club aims at providing facilities, including training, to the mountain and nature lovers to enjoy the boundless beauty of Pakistan’s mountains and participate in the healthy adventure activities of climbing and mountaineering. Since its raising it has launched several mountaineering expeditions to the high mountains of the Northern Areas and trained a large number of its members in rock climbing, mountaineering and other mountain related activities.

It is registered under the Companies Act and enjoys close support of Frontier Works Organisation (FWO). It functions under the aegis of the Ministry of Tourism and is affiliated with Pakistan Sports Board since 1982. It is Pakistan’s sole representative on the world climbing and mountaineering Federation – Union Internationale Des Associations D’Alpinisme (UIAA) and is also member on its Council. Alpine Club of Pakistan is the founding member of the Union of Asian Alpine Associations (UAAA). It maintains linkages with other outward bound organisations.

The Alpine Club of Pakistan aims at achieving following:

  • Cultivate mountaineering and outdoor culture amongst the nature lovers and interested persons, especially youth by providing facilities for climbing, mountaineering and mountain related activities.
  • Promote and organise mountaineering expeditions either singly or in collaboration with other mountaineering organisations /clubs/climbers from abroad.
  • Organise training in mountaineering, rock, snow/ice climbing, indoor climbing and trekking and for other Club activities.
  • Organise training for liaison officers, high altitude porters, mountain and trekking guides and for other disciplines of mountain related activities.
  • Organise and participate in rock, ice, indoor competitive climbing and trekking championships /tournaments, both at home and abroad.
  • Organise trekking trips and summer/winter camps. Facilitate visiting expeditions by providing liaison officers and other required support.
  • Advise and provide co-ordination on mountaineering and mountain related matters.
  • Maintain liaison with governmental, non governmental and sister organisations at home and abroad for promotion of mountain related activities.
  • Represent Pakistan and safeguard its mountaineering interest at UIAA, UAAA and other international forums.
  • Undertake measures for the preservation and protection of the environments of the mountain areas independently or in collaboration with governmental or non governmental organisations.
  • Maintain archives, prepare and provide information and data on mountains and mountain related activities in Pakistan.

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