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Project Name

Biodiversity Conversation of Qazinag Game Reserve in Azad Jammu & Kashmir


Project Description:

The conservation and management plan required to promote the adaptive and integrated management of biodiversity and the park’s wilderness qualities and cultural character, through becoming a preferred innovative nature-based tourism destination, promoting community participation and empowerment, and including public/private partnerships, which also benefits state economically, social and educational development supported by sound research.

Immediate objectives were to promote the adaptive and integrated management of biodiversity, and to identify and manage species of special concern e.g. Markhor, Himalayan Musk deer, Cheer pheasant, griffon vulture to ensure their persistence and minimizing human-induced threats and ensuring their genetic integrity and cultural character through promoting community participation and empowerment.

The project aimed at minimizing the negative impacts of poor conservation strategies and development along its borders, through proactive engagement with surrounding communities and regional planners. The achievement of the project’s aspirations depends on understanding the relationships and interdependencies between various stakeholders. The project will co-operate with the relevant international, national, provincial and local government structures where these affect the reserve and keep track of issues affecting the reserve and region to ensure functional ecosystem are protected. Through education about the importance of biodiversity, the project intends to raise the awareness of people and communities, in the interface zone, to the plight of conservation in the region. By building positive relationships with local communities and providing a central point for conservation ideas and examples the can achieve the objective of this project.


  • To conduct a baseline survey of the area.
  • To develop a coordination mechanism with all the stockholders (Govt, Communities, NGOs, and armed forces).
  • To identify the problems and the nature and extent of community dependence on the biodiversity resources of the area and to suggest alternative resources.
  • To conduct need assessment of the communities.
  • To put forward possible solutions of all the problems


  • Restoration and maintainenance natural ecosystem patterns, processes and function.
  • To provide a range of ecosystem services.
  • To identify and manage species of special concern (e.g. Markhor, Himalayan Musk deer, Cheer pheasant, griffon vulture in animals and Taxus waliichiana and native oak tree in vegetative species) to ensure their persistence.
  • The indirect beneficiaries will include the department of the Govt. of AJK, Army, and NGOs who are considered to be the stakeholders of the area.
  • Following project indicators will be used for achieving the outputs during the tenure of the Project:
  • Development of Baseline data for Per Acre Coverage of forest or number of trees (forest density)
  •  Population status of species through survey and studies (no. and kind)
  •  Consumption of fuelwood in killograms per household per month
  •  Consumption of timber in number of trees per year