Galiyat is representative of the Himalayan Moist Temperate Forests of Pakistan. It incorporates a beautiful national park known as the Ayubia National Park (ANP). Covering 1,618 hectares, the area was declared a national park in 1984, through the implementation of Section 16 of the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) Wildlife, Protection, Preservation, Conservation, and Management Act 1975. The park provides recreational and research opportunities to a wide range of people. There are twelve main villages around ANP, with a population of approximately 50,000 consisting of 8,000 households.
The project is being implanted by GCO with the support of UNDP in close coordination with line agencies and international and national organizations.
Project Goal: To improve the livelihoods and quality of life of the communities of Galiyat through a mix approach of socioeconomic development, ecosystem management and clean energy supply on a sustainable basis.
Project Objective: The overall project objective is to conserve forests in the project area through improving people’s livelihoods, introduction of alternate energy sources and promotion of eco-tourism.