Gilgit mountain tourism film festival begins – Journal

GILGIT: The Bam-i-Dunya Film Festival kicked off in Gilgit on Friday to mark International Mountain Day with the aim of promoting responsible mountain tourism in Gilgit-Baltistan.

The inaugural ceremony of the event took place at the International University of Karakoram.

WWF-Pakistan, in collaboration with the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development, the UK Tourism Department and other organizations, is hosting the event.

UK Chief Secretary Asif Khan, Tourism Secretary Rashid Ali, Home Secretary Mohammad Ali Randhawa, Forestry and Wildlife Secretary Sumair Syed, WWF Regional Chief Haidar Raza, experts, researchers and students participated in the inaugural ceremony.

The event provides a platform for filmmakers belonging to GB and Chitral as they wish to document mountain ecology and the socio-economic and climatic changes occurring in mountainous regions.

Organizers said the region is hosting the largest film festival ever for the first time.

The event will allow young people to share and discuss local and regional challenges, opportunities and successes, and will provide local researchers and filmmakers with the opportunity to interact, discuss, network and foresee opportunities for joint ventures and play a role for effective policy recommendation.

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Secretary Mohammad Asif said the purpose of celebrating International Mountain Day is to raise awareness of the importance of mountains and their protection. He said the mountains were threatened by the impact of climate change.

Mr. Asif said the government had developed policies based on the ideas generated by such events. He said protecting the mountains was their collective responsibility.

He announced celebrating the day at government level in Britain as the biggest festival.

British Tourism Secretary Rashid Ali said the government was taking all necessary measures to promote sustainable tourism in the region.

WWF regional chief Haidar Raza said the unexpected influx of tourists to Britain was the biggest threat to the environment.

Environmental experts explained the threats to the mountains due to environmental degradation. They stressed the need to promote ecotourism and awareness of mountain safety and sensitive environment.

Posted in Dawn, le 11 December 2021

Darcy J. Skinner