Afghanistan announces establishment of first national park.Byline: ANI
Washington, April 22 (ANI): Afghanistan's National Environment Protection Agency (NEPA) has announced the establishment of the country's first internationally recognized national park.
The United States Agency for International Development The United States Agency for International Development (or USAID) is the U.S. government organization responsible for most non-military foreign aid. An independent federal agency, it receives overall foreign policy guidance from the U.S. (USAID USAID United States Agency for International Development
USAID Agencia de los Estados Unidos para el Desarrollo Internacional (Spanish) ) provided key funding that led to the park's creation, including support of Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS See Windows CardSpace. ) to conduct preliminary wildlife surveys, identify and delineate the park's boundaries, and work with local communities and the provincial government.
WCS also developed the park's management plan, helped the government hire and train local rangers, and provided assistance to the Afghan Government to design the laws enabling the park to be created.
The park, known as Band-e-Amir, will protect one of Afghanistan's best-known natural areas: the spectacular series of six deep blue lakes separated by natural dams made of travertine travertine (trăv`ərtĭn, –tēn), form of massive calcium carbonate, CaCO3, resulting from deposition by springs or rivers. , a mineral deposit.
Travertine systems are found in only a few places throughout the world, virtually all of which are on the UNESCO UNESCO: see United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization.
in full United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization World Heritage list and are major international tourist attractions.
Band-e-Amir had been a destination for travelers since the 1950s, with a peak visitation VISITATION. The act of examining into the affairs of a corporation.
2. The power of visitation is applicable only to ecclesiastical and eleemosynary corporations. 1 Bl. Com. 480; 2 Kid on Corp. 174. in the 1970s. Tourism was almost entirely absent during the war years between 1979-2001.
Today, Band-e-Amir is visited every year by thousands of Afghan tourists and religious pilgrims as well as many foreigners currently living and working in the country.
The park is near the Bamyan Valley, where the 1,500-year-old giant Buddha statues destroyed by the Taliban once stood.
"At its core, Band-e-Amir is an Afghan initiative supported by the international community. It is a park created for Afghans, by Afghans, for the new Afghanistan," said Dr. Steven E. Sanderson, President and CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board. of the Wildlife Conservation Society.
"Band-e-Amir will be Afghanistan's first national park and sets the precedent for a future national park system," he added.
Though much of the park's wildlife has been lost, recent surveys indicate that it still contains ibex (a species of wild goat) and urial (a type of wild sheep), along with wolves, foxes, smaller mammals and fish, and various bird species including the Afghan snow finch, which is believed to be the only bird found exclusively in Afghanistan.
Creating the national park will provide international recognition essential to helping develop Band-e-Amir as an international tourist destination A tourist destination is a city, town or other area the economy of which is dependent to a significant extent on the revenues accruing from tourism.
It may contain one or more tourist attractions or visitor attractions and possibly some "tourist traps". , and assist it in obtaining World Heritage Status, which would provide additional protection.
The park will provide employment, tourism-derived revenue, and ensure that local communities play a key role in protecting this world-class landscape. (ANI)
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