Mountain Ecosystems in
In the wake of environmental challenges, emanating from global warming, Gilgit Baltistan is undergoing severe weather events and number of calamities as a result. The challenges mount with influx of tourists that is dealt in an unmanaged way. The tourism is purely seasonal starting from May with a sharp decline in September. Furthermore, some specific valleys bear the entire burden of visitors that include Gilgit, Skardu and Hunza during these five months. Such valleys are threatened if the tourism is not managed in accordance with the essence ecotourism.
The concept of ecovillage is an integrated approach towards social, economic and environmental sustainability. It seeks to involve all segments of life of a particular area in the economic activities also linking them with the community-based ecotourism. Under this broader this concept the men and women are imparted skills keeping in view natural resources such as agricultural and dairy farming, poultry, mining, hospitality etc.
The ecovillage an emerging term in the world implemented both in the rural and urban settings. In Pakistan this term is new.
There are no findings of any ecovillage in Pakistan searched through internet. Hussainabad can thus be designated as the first ecovillage of Pakistan.
Gilgit Baltistan has a huge potential to implement the concept of ecovillage in many areas that can lead to provide economic opportunities to local men and women and also ensuring to protect the local environment. The concept of ecovillage will lead to pool in number efforts in a particularly urban or rural area engaging public and private sector institutions to work simultaneously on several sectors such as entrepreneurial development for men and women, smart agricultural practices including adoption of or, conservation of nature, promotion of community-based tourism etc.
The profit coming from the Masoor Abode (Guest House) will be distributed under the following financial mechanism:
1- 60 percent of the profit will be spent on local community seeking development projects from locally constituted Village Integrated Development Committee (VIDC). EvK2CNR, BCDF and Department of Tourism Baltistan will oversee the management of the Masoor Bode initial one year fully involving the local community. After building the capacity of the local community on the management skills to operate the Masur Abode, the organization may drift apart.
2- 20 percent of the profit will be given to the owner of the old house.
3- 20 percent of the income will be spent on the maintenance of the Masoor Abode. The community, BCDF and EvK2CNR will be the signatories for the first while two signatories will be required at a time.
Village Integrated Development Committee
In order to ensure the smooth functioning of each initiative under the broader theme of Hussainabad Broq as an Ecovillage, the VIDC will have a pivotal role in achieving each target, its smooth functioning and sustainability. The office bearers including president, vice president and general secretary will change after every two years initially. However, the duration can be extended or lessen the future. The members of the committee will elect the office bearers. The committee will play a strategic role in implementing the components of ecovillage already shared with them.
The committee will coordinate with all the stakeholders with the constant follow ups to engage department such as agriculture, livestock and poultry, forest and wildlife department EvK2CNR, BCDF, and other institutions to seek support and also to update and furnish information as and when needed.
The VIDC will be responsible for governance and supervision of the Masur Guest House together with other partners. The committee will also ensure the repair and maintenance of the old restore building with the available funds received under the income from the guest house.
The committee will be responsible for conceiving and developing projects against the funds received under the 20 percent income of the guest house.
Members of the VIDC