New Zealand Supporting Ecotourism in Afghanistan
We’ve written about the Bamiyan Buddhas (also spelled Bamyan) before but here’s a very cool development. Last month, the government of New Zealand announced its intent to provide financial support in the amount of about $2 million over three years for ecotourism projects in Afghanistan’s Bamiyan Province.
“The ancient Bamyan Buddhas and the renowned Band-e Amir Lakes in Bamyan Province in Afghanistan have tremendous tourism potential, with the Bamyan Valley already recognised as a World Heritage Site.
Tourism is an important avenue for development in Bamyan. This project complements the health, education, and other development projects which New Zealand is already actively involved with in Afghanistan.
By offering this support now, New Zealand can help ensure that work on eco-tourism begins before international tourists return in large numbers. The objective is to develop tourism which is both environmentally sustainable and provides benefits to the local population.”
The project will be managed by the Aga Khan Foundation, an “international organization committed to the struggle against hunger, disease and illiteracy, primarily in Africa and Asia. The Foundation works to address the root causes of poverty by supporting and sharing innovative solutions in the areas of health, education, rural development, civil society and the environment.”
Aga Khan Foundation, USA is located right here in Washington, DC at 1825 K, coincidentally the same building as the offices of our current, but temporary, position. AKF USA – if you’re interested in hiring for this or any other project, email us!