Ecotourism Potential in Gilgit-Baltistan (A Case Study of Khunjerab National Park)
American Journal of Agriculture and Forestry
Volume 3, Issue 6, November 2015, Pages: 253-259
Received: Oct. 28, 2015; Accepted: Nov. 4, 2015; Published: Dec. 7, 2015
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Syed Naeem Abbas, Forest Education Division Pakistan, Forest Institute, Peshawar, Pakistan
Mujeeb Sardar, Forest Education Division Pakistan, Forest Institute, Peshawar, Pakistan
Mamoona Wali Muhammad, Forest Education Division Pakistan, Forest Institute, Peshawar, Pakistan
Yawar Abbas, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Bahria University, Islamabad, Pakistan
Rizwan Karim, Department of Forestry and Range Management, PMAS-Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi, Pakistan
Nawazish Ali, Department of Agriculture and Food Technology, Karakoram International University, Gilgit, Pakistan
Saeed Abbas, World Wide Fund for Nature-Pakistan, GCIC, NLI Colony Gilgit, Pakistan
Syed Ali Haider, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Bahria University, Islamabad, Pakistan
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The Khunjerab National Park (KNP) which is one of the highest Parks in the world existing above 4000 meters. A random sampling technique was applied to select respondents. The total sample drawn was 28. A structured questionnaire was used in face to face interviews to collect data. Basically, interviewees included three different groups of stakeholders: KNP management, village committee members, and tourists. Different tourism- related questions were designed for different types of targeted groups, but they generally revolved around ecotourism planning, management issues, and the impacts of the ecotourism project. The statistical analysis was carried out using SPSS 18. The results showed male respondent were dominated i.e. 86% and female were 14%. The majority of the respondents were having diverse occupation categories as 25% of them were each government/semi government and private sectors followed by 21% each from student and business category, and finally 4% each from house wife and retired persons from government and private. 100% of the respondents were literate. Most respondent were well awared about the eco tourism and minimal impacts on the environment. Majority of the tourist confirmed that they like ecotourism, only 5% were not sure. The ecotourism may be enhanced in KNP by importance were destination and facilities (32% each) popularity (18%), price (11%) and referrals 7% respectively. Ecotourism is greatly affected by its destination and facilities. An average of about Rs 2000 per day is spent to visit KNP. This will provide an opportunity of employment for local people
KNP, Ecotourism, Benefits, Environment, Income
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Syed Naeem Abbas, Mujeeb Sardar, Mamoona Wali Muhammad, Yawar Abbas, Rizwan Karim, Nawazish Ali, Saeed Abbas, Syed Ali Haider, Ecotourism Potential in Gilgit-Baltistan (A Case Study of Khunjerab National Park), American Journal of Agriculture and Forestry. Vol. 3, No. 6, 2015, pp. 253-259. doi: 10.11648/j.ajaf.20150306.12
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