Morgah Biodiversity Park
 
HISTORY & DEVELOPMENT

The project emanates from UNESCAP's follow-up to the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) held in Johannesburg in September 2002. At that Summit, member governments of the United Nations agreed on the so-called WEHAB agenda- a call for action to provide basic services to the world's poor. These services were identified as water, energy, health, agriculture and biodiversity or WEHAB..

As a follow up, UNESCAP sought regional implementation of the WEHAB agenda through Pro-Poor Public-Private Partnership. The project design mainly entailed establishing five demonstration projects in five countries and documentation of good practices in Pro-Poor Public private Partnerships in the delivery of basic services in the Asia Pacific Region. The five demonstration projects are on water in Sri Lanka, energy in Indonesia, health in Thailand, Agriculture in India and Biodiversity in Pakistan.

The concept of Biodiversity Conservation under Morgah Biodiversity Project was initially started with a limited objective of ex-situ conservation by construction of a biodiversity park over a core area of 20 acres. As the ideas evolved, it was realized that there would be a need of additional area to establish a reserve bank. Hence, an additional eight acres was added. With its formal agreement to join the Project in August, Pakistan Museum of Natural History assisted in the technical design and zoning of the park. By October/November, 2004, the initial plan of the Morgah Biodiversity Park (MBP) was developed and consisted of a nursery and botanical garden, an aviary, a butterfly farm and a pond for local aquatic life and fisheries. These elements would comprise the "Core" area of the park. Moreover, it was also envisaged that biodiversity from spots threatened by development should also be brought to the park. The evolution of this idea led to the possibility of the MBP being threatened by urban or industrial development, which could be preserved and exhibited (bearing in mind that the ecosystems on which they relied could probably not be transferred in their entirety).

LOCATION & ADDRESS


1 Km in South of G.T Road near Ayub National Park.
Attock Refinery Limited, P.O. Refinery, Morgah, Rawalpindi.

FLORA


About 268 Plant species are grown in the Park and all the plants are indigenous to Potwar region & their Seeds / seedling are collected from Wild.

FAUNA


Morgah Biodiversity Park holds one of the largest Aviaries in Pakistan. Eight species of Birds are inhabited in it. Most of them like Peacock, Rock Pigeons & Geese are propagating here successfully.

BEST TIME OF VISIT


February to April

UNIQUE FEATURES OF THE PARK

  • First Pro-Poor Public-Private Partnership (5Ps) project in Asia and Pacific region.
  • Not like other amusement parks, it is basically for education purpose & for conservation of indigenous species, while additionally providing recreational facilities to the local communities
  • Only Indigenous plants species are grown. Exotic & Ornamental plant species have discouraged to grow.

FUTURE VISION

  • Biodiversity conservation in Potwar region both by In-situ & Ex-situ means.
  • Poverty reduction through Biodiversity conservation.
  • Cultivation of Medicinal plants.
  • To establish links with Herbal Medicine Producing Organizations.

ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Biodiversity degradation reduced in the periphery
  • Phase I including lay out and infrastructure completed
  • About 4,500 students from more than 100 institutes and more than 97,000 general visitors visited the park, given comments in the visitor’s book as outstanding conservation project
  • Increasing number of visitors with the passage of time
  • Monthly and Biennial passes are being issued to the community people for enjoying maximum recreational facility in off hours also. Free passes are being issued to the poor people for provision of equal benefits to them.
  • More than 10,000 valuable plants including Pomegranates, Apricot, Plum, Olive, Papaya, Pongamia and Pine have been distributed in the local communities.
  • Several awareness sessions have been conducted successfully in the community with collaboration of local union councils and for students in local schools.
  • Organization of 7- days Honeybee training workshop and a pilot project (as alternate income generation source) of honey bee farming has been launched at MBP.
  • Indigenous Fruit garden having 27 fruit species and Rose garden more than 125 various varieties has been developed.

 

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