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Transcript of Ecotourism
significant tourism potential
Presently Dir town is used for temporary stay for the traffic moving on the main Chitral Road
requires a large-scale investment for development of basic infrastructure.
Minimizing industrial impact on the environment
Building environmental and cultural awareness
Empowering local communities
Raising awareness of the political, environmental and social issues of the country concerned, and
Ensuring that the experience is positive for all parties, including visitors and hosts
Core principles of
aims to create viable and sustainable tourism opportunities, and limit the impact that all related activities will have on the environment,
Also improving the lives of the local people living in the area
Dir valley in Khyber Pakkhtunkhwa
height of 8100 feet above sea level
Local pine forests are habitations of a variety of birds including Monal Pheasant, Himalayan Snow cock. Wildlife such as Markhoor Deer and Leopard offers for mountaineering, trekking and rock climbing
beautiful spots in Dir-Kohistan valley are Thall, Lamutai, Seri, Kalkot, Jandrai, Jankai, Pathrak
distance of 40km from Upper Dir
hub of wild life with sprawling oak forests adoring the mountains.
Fresh apples, grapes, walnut, peaches, plums, pears, cherries and honey are favorite locally produced items.
2300m above sea level
plain area of nearly 1 km long encircled by towering mountains
To accomplish the task of motivating the private sector to come forward and indulge in certain activities to provide the demonstrative effect by running tourism development complexes all over the Province and through acquisition of existing state land and development of new facilities and buildings.
Long Term Objectives
To create adequate awareness amongst the people that tourism is an income-generating agency and that it can become a leading industry for the NWFP.
• Protecting their important resources values and traditional way of life.
• Increasing jobs and economic development
• Ensuring that tourism revenues and benefits remain local stay in the region.
Successful ecotourism facilities
permanent protection of the resource
development of management zones
establishment of a Management Authority that includes local people
• Development Design Guidelines are essential too
• Successful marketing and participation in the international ecotourism community
Protection of Resources
provision of clean water,
the protection of soil resources,
economic benefit to surrounding communities and
a healthier surrounding for neighbors.
Management Zones protection
• Strict Protection Zone with little or no human contact
• Low Impact Tourist Use Zone (Tourism by foot, boat, bicycle), local use for existing farming, aquaculture and fisheries
• Moderate Use Tourist Zones: Visitor’s centers, public facilities
• Development Zones: Major tourist facilities with ecological sitting and design.
includes local resident and interest groups
to ensure that job creation and economic benefit stays within the community
• Developing a long-range implementation plan that addresses financing (Management Plan)
• Generation of local economic development
• Monitoring the affects of tourism on the resources
• Build on the worst, or previously damaged sections
• Structures should blend into the landscape do not impair scenic qualities of the landscape. They are subordinate to the ecosystem.
• Architecture should reflect tradition, reflect the vernacular
• The dwellings should be light, open, and oriented toward views
• Structures should be easy to build by low skilled labor, and sit on hand-dug footings or anchored to boulders.
• Heavy construction equipment should be avoided. Use instead specialized heavy equipment that can work from roads to avoid site disturbance. Creative use of reuse of materials and use of existing structures.
• Restoration of landscape following construction
• New materials should be local materials keep investments in the community less impacts on the environment.
• Showcase sustainable technology
Marketing through Research and Participation
Surveys should focus on:
• what the visitor would like to experience
• what the visitor enjoys/values most about the area
• types of activities visitors are most interested in
• types of accommodations visitors prefer
Eco tourists -interested in more than one type of visitor activity
Cooperation, partnerships and research are essential.
information can be based on existing regional tourism data or through conducting targeted surveys with current selected area visitors.
funded and managed almost exclusively by government entities usually PTDC
Public and private partnerships
develop financing plans that identify sources of funding and ensure that revenue will stay in the local community.
International Development Banks and Bilateral Agencies
USAID just announced $36 in funding