September 2012 – August 2016
Project objectives (short form) include:
- Improve the capacities of the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa which considers biodiversity as a core element for sustainable development
- Promote the experiences extracted from pilot measures to the public and private actors for the conservation and sustainable management of biodiversity
Three intervention areas are:
- Policy Development: Development of a Sub-National BSAP
- Implementation of best practice examples for biodiversity management and conservation at village level in two pilot districts (Swat and Chitral)
- Awareness creation and knowledge management
GIZ has been assisting the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa since 2012 to insert biodiversity and agrobiodiversity, as a core element for sustainability into policy development. Based on the findings of a project baseline survey in the two pilot valleys in Swat, conducted in 2014, 65% of the local population has no access to information about biodiversity friendly agricultural practices and 100% of the villagers are unaware of the term “Biodiversity”. Lack of awareness is a big threat to biodiversity.
To highlight, pilot measures in various eco zones of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province generate valuable experiences which will be used by public and private actors for the conservation and sustainable management of biodiversity.
‘‘I`m quite confident to manage our animals more professionally and get maximum benefit of it“. Now, I have a sound knowledge how to prevent animals from diseases, parasites and how to improve their milk production through new skills and techniques“. Chand Bibi explained.
‘‘Through the establishment of LFFS, we learnt a lot of things, improved our practices and know about the importance of our local breed. Now, we vaccinate our animals timely and in future we will convey this messages to other peoples and would save the biodiversity of our animals“. She further elaborated.
In the districts of Swat and Chitral, the project concentrates on the implementation of community driven pilot projects which focus on best practices for ecosystem-based adaptation to climate change. Basis for the adaptation measures in the three pilot valleys are vulnerability assessments conducted by the government partners in close cooperation with the communities especially involving women.
Through knowledge management and awareness raising activities the project seels tp strengthen capacities of government institutions as well as the civil-society and communities.
A step to self-sufficiency by BKP-project
Chand Bibi belongs to a small village Nemogram, a remote and backward area of Shamozai valley in Swat Khyber Pakhtunkhwa where most of people practices livestock farming. The livestock in the village is mainly infested with various diseases due to lack of awareness of timely vaccination and its benefits. They didn`t know about the new practices to save their animals and maximize their productivity.
The BKP-Project in collaboration with the Livestock and Dairy Development Department Khyber Pakhtunkhwa established Livestock Farmer Field School (LFFS) in the village with 25 local female participants. Chand Bibi was among one of them who immediately enrolled herself in the LFFS to learn basic animal health care and management. She participated in all the sessions and learnt the improved livestock management skills in eight months trainings sessions. She put her newly acquired skills to use and improve their animal’s productivity.