Italian Embassy and UNDP sign agreement for the Mountain Protected Areas Project

Mar 29, 2017

29 March 2017, Islamabad—The Italian Agency for Development and Cooperation and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) together with EvK2CNR signed a memorandum of understanding in a ceremony at the Ramada Hotel today, agreeing to work on a project titled “Improvement of the Central Karakoram National Park (CKNP) Management System as a Model for Mountain Ecosystems in Northern Pakistan”. The project will also cover the Deosai National Park.

Mr. Benedetto Della Vedova, Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation is visiting Pakistan to attend the agreement signing ceremony. Notable guests included Mr. Zahid Hamid, Federal Minister for Climate Change, Mr. Hafeez ur Rehman, Chief Minister, Gilgit-Baltistan, His Excellency, Mr. Stefano Pontecorvo, Ambassador of Italy to Pakistan, Mr. Ignacio Artaza, Country Director, UNDP, Ms. Santa Molè, Director, Italian Agency for Development and Cooperation, and Mr. Agostino Da Polenza, President, EvK2CNR.

Documented Italian presence in the Karakoram mountain range since the early 1900s was shown in a media presentation to illustrate the historical relationship between Italy and Pakistan. It showed photos from Filippo De Filippo’s expedition in 1909, Count Ardito Desio’s in 1954, and Vittono Sella’s in 2004.

A press conference was also held where the modalities of the collaboration and details of the memorandum were shared with the media. Representatives from EvK2CNR briefed the media and audience on their upcoming winter expedition to K2.

For additional information, please contact Mr. Usman Manzoor in Islamabad at usman.manzoor@undp.org.

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